Saturday, September 30, 2006

Germ zone

I finally figured out where I got this cold I've been dealing with for the past week. It started last weekend when I was in DC. According to this article from this morning's Boston Globe, my hotel room could have made me sick.
When sick hotel guests leave their rooms, they frequently leave something important behind: the virus that gave them their colds.

During an overnight hotel stay, people with colds left viruses on telephones, light switches, and television remotes, researchers said yesterday at an infectious disease conference in San Francisco.
We've all heard about not coughing on people and not sharing cups with people who have colds. Now, apparently, you're going to have to ask if the people who had the hotel room before was sick. Wouldn't that be interesting? When it comes down to it, I agree with Dr. Owen Hendley, University of Virginia Health System, who led the research.
"It's an interesting study," he said. "But they haven't shown infectivity. I'm not going to go around opening doors with my elbows."

12 comments:

Julie, RN said...

Ooooh! I learned about this in school! Something about washing your hands, or whatever.
(Hope you're feeling better soon).
:-)

Anonymous said...

I saw something about that. To save mony on my next vacation, I didn't book at he Hilton. I booked at the Chateau De Phlegm

Biomed Tim said...

How do you feel about this, as a physician? Even if I've never taken immunology and microbiology, I would consider this worthless information. Similar results can be found if we subsitituted "hotel rooms" with "trains," "taxi-cabs," or "school-bathrooms," as long as they were occupied by sick people. Did you know that Lysol funded the study?

worm said...

nice blogaholic doc..

Portnoy said...

doc, don't get me started. did you know if someone with a cold/flu uses your toilet that the flush sends those little microbes up into the air space (where they hang lovingly around for hours). hence, and i am semi kidding, i wanted to invent 'the ass gasket'

where the toilet seat is somewhat hermetically sealed by the user. in other words - the seat has no air gap to the porcelain lip - you flush while still seated. i'm working on the prototype now.

cheers
Portnoy, the lurker

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type1emt said...

Ewwww. Maybe we'd all be better off, sleeping under a bridge somewhere. Aren't they supposed to properly scrub/fumigate/vacuum/whatever rooms in between uses?

Zoe said...

Don't you have to sing 'Row row row your boat' or something in order to wash your hands long enough? Once I was in a public bathroom and someone was singing it...

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

we cruise alot and are very aware of norovirus. antibacterrial stuff does not kill viruses. i take clorox wipes with me to ships, motels, etc. but do not know if it really helps. watch out for the remote control! ewwwww...... bee

Anonymous said...

Once again, modern science proves that contageous disease is quite contageous. Is the goal for us to stay away from all viruses and never get sick? This is just fuel for the OCD patients out there.

I suspect the ID doctors at this conference went back to their hotel rooms with Lysol. They probably realize, however, that they were exposed significantly more when they were on the airline flight to San Fransisco.

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hoosier student nurse said...

Before losing my mind and applying to nursing school, I was a flight attendant. I was sick all of the time, and anyone from the airlines who says that the air is clean and filtered is full of crap. That may be the origin of your cold.

John Davis said...

There are a lot of places people have gotten sick or in the germ zone. I hae heard a lot of interesting places from my friends on www.medsocial.com