I'm an outpatient specialist (think: derm, ophthy, urology). I've seen a number of my colleagues talk about certain decisions they are taking to mitigate risk, like cancelling trips or wearing a mask, while immediately adding that they are not worried about themselves personally getting sick / dying but rather certain at-risk family members, their older patients, etc. I've seen this in private Facebook groups, in e-mails from my practice partners, and talking to friends back from residency.
I frankly don't understand it, and it's amazing how often I'm seeing the disclaimer that they're NOT looking out for themselves personally pop up.
Well, I am concerned about myself. Yes, I'm in a low-risk specialty, seeing reasonably healthy patients, and am under 40. I'm continuing to practice but I think it's outrageous to think that I'm not at risk at all (seeing dozens of patients daily) or that it's not normal to be worried about my own health. But that seems almost heretical to say out loud at this point. Am I off base?
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