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External Article25 May 2020

Which is safer: Airbnb or hotels? Here’s what doctors say

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As restrictions lift around the country, many travelers are eager to get back on the road. But while the pandemic continues, and until there is a vaccine, safety will remain a top priority for travelers. When it comes to lodging, travelers have many choices, and just about all of them are actively courting their business with ambitious new policies and protocols.

Many large hotel change have announced sweeping changes to their cleaning policies, often in combination with high-profile experts. But travelers who long valued hotels for on-demand housekeeping, room service, and other staff-backed services may now view those same person-to-person interactions as liabilities.

On the flip side, Airbnbs appealed to the type of traveler who valued a more private, residential-like, and DIY experience. But will travelers continue to trust their health in the homes of unknown strangers?

To help answer these questions and determine the safest lodging for travelers while the novel coronavirus threat continues, we spoke with a pair of doctors - whose conclusions represented a consensus.

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