The average person touches their face about 18 times every waking hour. That leaves you susceptible to infection about 100 times a day. Infection has a nasty habit of taking advantage of our everyday behaviors. It spreads by touching doors, desks, elevator buttons, pens, sharing cups, even money. All we can do is try our best to prevent it from spreading because once it’s out there, the infection usually wins.
It’s a known fact that doctors make the worst patients. We ignore our symptoms until we are face down on the ground. We like to think we’re a different species than our patients but none of us are invincible. Eventually we have to face the fact that we’re human and that sometimes, even the mightiest of us, need help.
Meredith Grey (Season10, Ep.18, You Be Illin’)