Heads of State rent out entire hotel floors for security reasons but several hotels now, at lowest-ever occupancy, are offering to rent out entire floors for people looking for Covid safety. That seems entirely unnecessary.
- Office spread has occurred where there is an open floor plan. But the virus doesn’t seem to spread through HVAC systems, though there’s been conjecture that it could be possible. It doesn’t travel through walls, either. Your hotel room – even with others on the floor – is probably low risk.
- During the first SARS outbreak there was fecal transmission through plumbing in residential complexes but the issue there seemed to be “bathroom floor drains (not common in the US) with dry traps that allow air from the vent stack, which might be contaminated with fecal aerosols from other units, to flow into your bathroom.” If this were an issue in hotels having a floor to yourself wouldn’t be prophylactic.
- Lobbies are potential areas of spread but it seems not your room itself. And resorts with outdoor spaces that have proper precautions seem safe too. Even elevators are safer than we thought, at least modern elevators with regular air exchange. The greatest risk would be standing next to someone with the virus who is talking to you or that coughs on you, rather than aerosol buildup (and your time in the elevator is usually short).
The bottom line is that hotel rooms are generally safe, you don’t need an entire floor, and renting one doesn’t keep you that much more protected.
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