Healthy Traveling 101
I won't lie to you all - this blog is pretty scary. A quick Google search told me way more than I ever wanted to know about the surfaces I touch while traveling; Airport security bins, the handle in a cab, the poles on a subway...the list goes on and on. 'Traveling' doesn't just refer to work trips or vacations, it can mean your daily commute or ride into the city for a fun night out.
A few years ago the Today Show did a segment on germs in subways, taxis, and buses of major cities like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The host swabbed several different surfaces and even had a bacteria meter to give him instant results. Check out the video below to find out which surfaces were the dirtiest.
There was one popular method of transportation that he forgot - ride-shares! Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you view it), someone else tested those! Companies like Lyft or Uber see thousands of riders every day all across the world, so unsurprisingly, those vehicles are equally as horrifying. One study showed that there were 38 times more bacteria in a ride-share car than there was in a taxi.
I've mentioned in a previous blog the filth that is airport security bins, but it seems fitting to mention it again here. Out of all the surfaces tested in an airport, those proved to be by far the worst culprit for harboring bacteria. The most common virus found in the study was rhinovirus, which is the common cold.
What about hotels? This one is pretty gross. In a 2012 study, 81% of surfaces swabbed tested positive for fecal matter, with light switches and TV remotes took first place for dirtiest items. It doesn't end there though...although hotels will wash sheets and pillowcases between guests, they don't wash the bedspreads that frequently. Your best bet is to avoid contact altogether and either fold it down or lay it on a chair for the duration of your stay.
In another study, scientists set out to prove that there was a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. They purposely planted a sample virus in a hotel room and then observed as hotel staff spread it to three other rooms during their routine cleaning. These scientists recommend traveling with your own disinfectant wipes to sanitize hard surfaces, like remotes, countertops, and tables.
We are typically pretty conscious of keeping our hands clean by washing them or using hand sanitizer, but we don't always think of doing the same for our smartphones. Luckily, there's PhoneSoap. Our most recent product launch is the PhoneSoap Go, a unit specifically made for those on the go. PhoneSoap Go is a battery-powered UV-C sanitizer for smartphones.
How to Avoid Getting Sick
It's simple! Try to touch as least as possible with your hands - especially if you happen to have any cuts or scrapes. Until you are able to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, too! But don't forget that it isn't just about your hands. Our smartphone needs attention, too! Check out the PhoneSoap Go here.