Germaphobes, It’s Time to Trade in Your TV Remotes

Business, Travel News — By Candice Walsh on July 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

Germaphobes, you’re gonna love what some hotels have in store.

Dr. Gerba, a notorious germ expert, discovered through his studies that the TV remote used in a hotel is often the most germ-covered object in the room. That business trip to Milwaukee just got a little more dangerous! In fact, even E. Coli has been found on some remotes.

As a solution, some people cover the TV remote with shower caps or…condoms. Seems like a lose-lose situation to us.

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Thankfully, DIRECTV has an even better solution, contraceptive-free! Their new remotes are covered with an anti-microbial germ-resistant finish. It doesn’t change the feel of the remote, but offers up to 99.99 percent protection from bacteria, mold and fungi. The remotes are currently still in testing phase, however, and Dr. Gerba is skeptical. These sort of measures have been used before, with few promising results.

In an article for Mens Health, Dr. Gerba (aka Debbie Downer) pointed out 6 other places you’re likely to find a lot of germs: the self checkout at your supermarket, touch screens (i.e. your iPhone), a shopping cart, and reusable shopping bags. So much for being environmentally friendly.

The grossest fact? Swabbed keypads on ATMs were compared to swab samples from nearby public restrooms…and the ATMs carried more harmful bacteria than the toilets. Yummy. Maybe it’s time we gave up our gadgets for a little bit of downtime, what do you say?


Tags: Dr. Gerba, germ resistance, TV remotes and germs

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