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Dirty Magazines

People are beginning to get colds and the flu, so it's inevitable that you may find yourself in the waiting room at your doctor's office.

I wouldn't pick up the latest issue of Women's Health though. Do you have any idea how many sick people perused through its pages with their germ infested fingers?

Purell, makers of that 99% germ killing hand sanitizer, and its ad agency, JWT Toronto, were disgusted by the thought of all those dirty magazines. So they launched the Wash your hands campaign and handed out bright yellow stickers to place on magazines in doctor's offices. They read, "Thumbed through by sick people since September 2005," "Gently sneezed on since October 2002," and "Exposing patients to more than germs since October 1995.”

We all know that washing our hands is the #1 way to prevent germs from making us sick. It's good to get in the habit, if you aren't already, of washing your hands before you eat, and after you use the bathroom. Disgustingly enough, not everyone does. Don't believe me? Check out these videos.

They're another great reason to avoid touching high-traffic items such as toilet handles, doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons. Use your shirt like a glove.

Fit's Tip: Next time you go to the doctor or dentist, bring your own book or magazine.

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rubialala rubialala 9 years
I try to touch as little as possible when I am in public, including stuff at my office. You just never know. Of course, you could always use the Nano UV Disinfection Light Scanner. Also, I don't use the hand sanitizer because answer me this: WHERE do the germs go? You are just rubbing stuff on your hands. So they die and you have dead germs on your hand? No thanks, I'd rather wash my germs down the drain with good old fashioned soap and water!
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 9 years
Those videos were so disgusting. Wash your hands people. It's not hard.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
omg i never even thought of this... but it makes so much sense now. gross!!!!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
Twinkle, I've heard the same thing, and that's what gets me through some rough (germy) times. lol :)
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Same here Twink!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
My doctor says that germs are actually good for us. They help strengthen our immune systems so that we can fight off serious illnesses.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
BlondeSugar, I totally agree with you. That's what I do. I don't have Purell on me constantly. I also, don't need to see their giant warning on a magazine to freak me out even more..I've always been a bit of a germaphobe. :OOPS:
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
Everyone just needs to wash their hands.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 9 years
Thanks for the heads up...never thought about it that way and I am the type of person who licks her fingers when turning a page...which is not hygenic anyway
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Yeah I agree - there's no way you can avoid all the germs in the world. So if you're keeping yourself healthy and some germs sneak in, you're body will be strong enough to fight them off.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Maybe you should just avoid the doctor's office altogether. It's kind of crazy to think the seat you're sitting in is cleaner than the magazines. Or that the air itself is not in any way loaded. Shite, maybe we should just all stay home. In bubbles. With Purell IV's flowing constantly.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
I know it's weird, but I always have 2 magazines in my bag everywhere I go. :oops:
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
Personally, I've always been grossed out by magazines in the doctors office...germy.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Yeah, if you think about it too much, you'll be totally grossed out to touch anything. My philosophy? A litle bit of germs does a body good.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I'm not at all surprised that the makers of a hand sanitizer are behind a campaign to make us afraid of touching anything :oy:
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