Since we’re on this subject (sort of), I can “sound off” on one of my issues: Coming in for an appointment with a COLD (or flu)!
Every now and then, a patient saunters in and says, “Gosh I have such a bad cold … but I’m pretty sure I’m okay now” … hack hack … sneeze sneeze! You know what? Don’t do this to me. Please WAIT until your damned cold or flu is gone and I don’t have to get it from you. You know, I am working right in your face.
Amazingly, as I have just been to Japan, it’s common to see people out in public wearing surgical masks! I was told people do this to avoid allergies, but they also do this to “not expose others to their cold or flu!” (And, to keep from getting one.)
Gosh, can you imagine people in a culture that would wear a surgical mask so others would not get their DISEASE? Wow! I suppose they’re not a “me first” culture? Yes, they do consider the well-being of the group too.