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Are you risking your life when you stay in a hotel room?

The last thing you want to think about on a vacation or even a business trip is the possibility that your hotel room could expose you to unseen germs and bacteria that could make you sick.

Many Americans will spend the night in a hotel room 10 to 20 times a year, and some, particularly those who travel for business, many more.   Wondering if your hotel retreat is exposing you to harmful bacteria is not the way to find relaxation during a getaway. Several research teams conducted tests in a variety of hotel rooms to determine if germs and viruses remained after the initial carrier had checked out.   Their shocking findings included bedbugs, urine stains on the walls, carpets and furniture and dried semen on the bedspreads.   And these were discovered in some of the finest rated hotels that charge $300 or more per night!

By doing your homework before you set foot in an unknown hotel, you can take steps to prevent exposure to these harmful germs.   Get lodging recommendations from friends and associates who have traveled to your destination.   Research the hotel on the Internet and read the on-line reviews and feedback.   Bring your own supplies to keep your stay sanitary and reduce your contact with bacteria (i.e., sanitizing wipes, antibacterial soap, and flip- flops for the shower).   And of course, always remember to wash your hands and try to avoid touching your face after your hands have come into contact with common areas like doorknobs, faucets and light switches.

For more info about the discoveries made during this investigation and other ways to mitigate your contact with contaminated surfaces, please check out the link below.