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Doctors' neckties seen as flu risk

Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2009

The list of things to avoid during flu season now includes a doctor's necktie, the Wall Street Journal reports. A debate has emerged in the medical community over whether they harbor dangerous germs, and several hospitals have proposed banning them outright. Some veteran doctors say the antinecktie campaign has more to do with younger physicians' desire to dress casually than it does with modern medicine. At least one tie maker is pushing neckwear with an antimicrobial coating, the Journal reports.