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Doctors Banish Magazines in Another Pandemic Blow to Print

Airlines also pull periodicals as a precaution, but experts say touching print is unlikely to spread the virus


Photographer: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

As doctors and dentists reopen their offices, patients have noticed something missing: the magazines.

Medical providers have removed periodicals from waiting rooms as a precaution during the coronavirus. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommended that its 136,700 members get rid of all their publications during Covid-19. And it’s not just doctor’s offices: United and Delta removed in-flight magazines from seat-back pockets as part of new cleaning procedures.