Looking for ways to keep yourself safe while traveling during the Pandemic? Travel and Leisure has collaborated with health experts to put together a great guide on how to disinfect your hotel room during the pandemic. Along with wearing a mask and washing your hands thoroughly and often, here are some safety measures you can take to help prevent your exposure to COVID-19.
Travel and Leisure ~ ” Communicate with your hotel and confirm cleaning procedures. Before booking, contact your hotel, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the property’s COVID-19 cleaning protocols.
‘Start by asking your hotel if they’ve had any positive cases among staff or guests, and review the COVID-19 updates on their website,’ says Dr. Jack Shevel, founder and CEO of Zappogen, a distributor of hospital-grade sanitizing products. Dr. Shevel himself is immunocompromised, so he understands the importance of keeping yourself safe while traveling during the pandemic.
He adds, ‘Request their sanitization and disinfection policies: Are temperature checks mandatory for everyone coming in and out? How frequently are employees tested?’ He also recommends checking in remotely and using keyless room access whenever possible.
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Sanitize your luggage. The cleaning process should begin before you ever enter your hotel room, especially if you flew. ‘Don’t forget to wipe down or spray your luggage,’ says Dr. Shevel. ‘Remember that luggage is handled by numerous people and is stacked, so failure to wipe or spray your luggage is just inviting ‘coronavirus room service.’
Open a window for ventilation. Upon entering your room, Dr. Shevel recommends opening the window for ventilation to allow airborne pathogens to escape. Be leery of staying in rooms that are sealed to the outside; having a door or window where you can let in fresh air is ideal during the pandemic.” ~ Travel and Leisure
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.