Germs on magazines.

So I’m guessing you didn’t show up at the doctor’s office because you feel like a million bucks. Chances are pretty good that the majority of people that are in the waiting room now and that were in there before you were sick, too; coughing, sneezing, running a fever…

Chances are also pretty good that they handled some of those magazines that are lying all over the place.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human influenza viruses can survive on hard surfaces between two and eight hours. Some sources say up to 18 hours! And E. coli can live there, too!

Especially during cold and flu season, you should avoid touching any reading material in a doctor’s office waiting room. If you must read a public magazine, avoid touching your face and wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer afterward.

You certainly don’t want to take any germs home with you that you didn’t bring in with you.

A safe, sanitary and smart alternative for practices is to lose all those germy magazines (that don’t promote their brand or practice anyway) and install Mediplay on the TV. That will provide a clean, green, high-tech source of entertainment and education for all the patients and keep the waiting area a lot less infected.

I think I’ll go wash my hands now.