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Cold and Flu Tip: Don't Read Magazines in Waiting Rooms

Cold and Flu Tip: Don't Read Magazines in Waiting Rooms

If you find yourself in a waiting room, be it at the doctor, dentist, or chiropractor, do not pick up the magazines lying on the coffee table. You have no idea how many germy people have touched them, and since people go to the doc because they're feeling sick chances are high that those mags have some germs on their pages. If you flip through one, it's a great way to end up sick.

Cold viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on those magazine as well as many other surfaces. So avoid the public pile of magazines at all costs, and bring your own copy of Women's Health instead if you know you'll be tempted to read the one in the office. Or you can always read FitSugar on your BlackBerry.

UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Thanks Fit and nobodymuch! I love magazines, but I never would have realized how infested those mags are with germs. If I read them, I'll be careful to wash my hands afterwards.
rossy rossy 8 years
Visits to my doctor can be frustrating because she takes time to TALK to her patients rather than a 5 minute consultion & a perscription - So it can be quite the wait. - A deck of cards, my mandala necklace make the time go by VERY quickly & sometimes I'll take a "travel" game with me (mini-sized games like checkers, etc.). For the most part, I tend to get absorbed in fiddling with my mandala that it takes awhile for me to hear my name called (lol). - Besides, for the most part, any magazine in the waiting room is months old & I most likely read it already (library/"read-in" bookstore).
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am already very aware of this magazine rack that lives in the doctor offices waiting room. That is why for many reasons I do not touch them.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Even just BEING in a waiting room is a recipe for illness. I'd just wash my hands afterward.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
This is a bit overkill, IMHO. EVERYTHING at a clinic/hospital is germy; just accept that and wash your hands when you leave. Germs don't start really multiplying until they've been in your body for at least 12 hours, so if you touch a magazine for 5 minutes and then wash your hands, you're fine. I work at a hospital and if didn't touch anything germy, I'd have to walk around in a bubble. I never get sick and my only real secret is that I eat a lot of foods with antioxidants and I wash my hands a lot.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Paranoia!
HeatherFeather HeatherFeather 8 years
Thanks for the great tip Fit! Unfortunately, FitSugar is NOT user friendly to read on your blackberry (believe me, I've tried!!) Any plans for a mobile FitSugar site?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Eww. But it's a lot easier just to bring some hand sanitizer along, or use whatever's available in the waiting room - usually they have sanitizer too.
staticnoise staticnoise 8 years
i agree with nobodymuch here. from my personal experience you rather get sick because of the interactions with sick people than via touching magazines or other stuff... actually, i believe a sound germ pressure is important for your immunesystem. of course cleaning your hands every now and then and a basic understanding of hygiene is important and necessary, but all those "don't touch this and that"-rules seem ridiculous to me if you have a healthy, working immune system. i always tend to think "oooh those people will get allergies" if i hear such "hyperhygienic" stuff.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh wow, good to know!!
TigrLily1313 TigrLily1313 8 years
Noooo, I love magazines:(
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I never really thought about it before. Weird. I usually just bring my own book though (I know how long some waits can be).
imcs imcs 8 years
OMG - I had never even thought of this... so true!!!! Thanks for the tip!!! @ Nobodymuch - you have a point too, thanks :-)
nobodymuch nobodymuch 8 years
This seems a little paranoid. My suggestion is to go ahead and read these magazines, just wash your hands before and after. Please, please DON'T kill trees by buying a paper copy of the same magazine to read in the waiting room.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Absolutely! Wonderful tip. I never touch these.
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