It’s the soil, not the seed.

The fact that it is apparently just a theory suggests that there may be other explanations about the role of germs in disease. Use this foothold to change a patient’s understanding that “it’s not just the seed, but the soil” that allows a germ to “germinate.” Remind patients you’re not afraid of their germs, “So don’t be calling up saying you can’t come in because you don’t want us to ‘catch’ what you have!”

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