Austin, TX, August 07, 2020 --(PR.com
)-- After being shut in for months, people are starting to get out again and travel. Summer is vacation time for many families with hotel bookings usually part of travel plans. With guidance on reopening, hotel owners can implement processes to provide guest safety and to limit the chance of coronavirus spread at their properties.
Hotel operators also need to consider the safety of the building’s water after being shutdown or experiencing low occupancy rates. For instance, according to Dr. John Kalns, Chief Scientific Officer, at Hyperion Biotechnology, “When hotels are shut down or have low occupancy, the water system is not being used and water remains stagnant in unused or seldom used areas of the hotel. Stagnant water is more likely to breed Legionella bacteria which can then spread through the whole system as occupancy and use increases.” Legionella is spread through aerosolized water droplets (mist) in the air as the water comes out of faucets, fountains, shower heads, hot tubs, and cooling towers. If a hotel guest breathes in Legionella contaminated water, it can lead to the development of Legionnaires’ disease which is a serious form of pneumonia. The CDC provides hotel guidance at cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/hotel-owners-managers.html.
To prevent the spread of Legionnaires’ Disease, hotels and facility managers can follow water system management plans and use available resources to test the building’s water for Legionella. “Legionella water testing is affordable and provides results to determine if a hotel’s water system is free from the bacteria,” says Dr. Kalns. Hyperion now offers Legionella water testing services for hotels and other businesses. By having water samples tested at a certified Legionella testing laboratory, hotels owners can ensure a safe and healthy stay for all their guests.
Hyperion Biotechnology, Inc. is a Woman-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business. As an environmental microbiology laboratory, Hyperion holds CDC Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (CDC ELITE) and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) certifications. Additionally, Hyperion offers expertise in biomedical research and development with discoveries in salivary biomarkers to objectively measure fatigue levels. Hyperion delivers high-quality research and staffing for government and commercial customers and maintains a CLIA certified laboratory.