Why Doctors Never Sniffle (and How You Can Do the Same)
March 9, 2018
Sick doctors are a rare sight. It seems like doctors never sneeze, cough, or even sniffle. But they’re around sick people for a large part of the day. So, why don’t doctors get sick all of the time? It’s not too surprising to hear, but doctors have many ways of sanitizing and keeping themselves germ-free. They aren’t superhuman, but they are super smart. Doctors, more than anyone else, are aware of how germs get spread, and how to prevent that from happening.
Why Are Doctors Never Sick?
Believe it or not, doctors can actually get sick. In fact, they do it just as much as any normal person does. You just aren’t likely to see a doctor when they’re sick, because it’s a hazard for them to come to work. When dealing with patients with already weakened immune systems, even the common cold can pose a real risk. Doctors are very aware of this, and are thus encouraged to take work off for even the smallest sickness. A doctor’s office is unlike other offices, where sick days might be reserved as back up vacation time. Doctors should not come to work sick, so they don’t. If you’re getting a checkup and your normal doctor isn’t there, it might be because they’re on vacation, or it might be one of the rare times when they’re sick.
Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Not long ago, it was common for doctors to work healthy or otherwise. This was particularly true when solo practice was more commonplace. Because a doctor wouldn’t get paid if they didn’t work, many would come in to work sick. Since then, doctors have recognized the risk of doing this, and moved away from solo practice slightly. Colds and flus are some of the leading reasons that you see more doctors banding together, rather than flying solo, these days.
It’s also important to note that many medical practices don’t expose the doctor to any more germs than other service industries would. A waiter or waitress likely runs a higher risk of infection than a plastic surgeon, for example. While physicians, urgent care doctors, and the like deal with contagions all the time, endocrinologists are more protected. It’s more likely that overworking and stress will lead to a sick doctor than germs.
Why Don’t Doctors Get Sick All of the Time?
There still has to be a little bit of magic in doctors that keeps them from getting sick, right? Of course! That magic is called science, and your doctors are using it all the time to stay healthy. In fact, some of the things about doctors that are most recognizable are the things that keep them from getting sick. When you hear the word “doctor,” a few of the things that pop into your mind (after the stethoscope) are the coats, gloves, and face masks that they wear. These serve as great protection from germs, and are often washed or recycled to keep clean. You surely knew that already, though.
The preventative measures that doctors take go deeper than that, of course. The deepest of all is that doctors often put in the work needed to stay healthy — and I don’t mean they wash their hands after using the bathroom (though they do that, as well). Doctors are likely to have a healthy diet, and get a good amount of exercise and activity throughout the day. While doctors do like to have fun, they’ll keep their drinking to a healthy amount, and do the same for sugary, fatty food. They’re also likely to wash their clothing very frequently. There’s no “I can wear it a few times until it’s really dirty” bargaining in the homes of most doctors: washing clothing is an important part of staying healthy.
Probiotics and vaccinations help, too. Doctors don’t just administer shots: they take them, too. (There’s even a chance your doctor is afraid of needles.)
Ways You Can Copy Your Doctor and Stay Healthy
The best way to stay as healthy as your doctor, without a doubt, is to listen to them. Doctors practice what they preach, and that’s why it seems like doctors are never sick. By staying on top of their health and hygiene, doctors are constantly strengthening their immune system. Be sure to wash your hands and your clothes. Don’t drink enough to throw up or pass out, and say no to doughnuts. You’ll notice that doctor’s offices have hand sanitizer by every doorway: copy that, too. You might not be able to install hand sanitizer everywhere you go, but it’s easy to keep some on you. You should also read up on your health: doctors stay healthy because they’re educated. You can even ask them questions when you see them. They’ll be happy to answer.