Hospitals ban magazines from waiting rooms

Signs in Women's College Hospital in Toronto encourage people to take newspapers and magazines with them, but not to leave them. In fact, for the past year, it has been trying to push people to remove magazines and newspapers from its waiting rooms because they could promote the spread of infection. "If you saw a used paper tissue lying on a waiting table, you wouldn't pick it up, would you? But when a magazine or newspaper is being held for a period of time, people may be coughing, may be sneezing," says Dr. Jim Ruderman, the hospital's chief of medical staff, according to the Globe and Mail. Article