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[W]hat most people think is "I need an appointment NOW", really isn't.

If the medical profession could somehow communicate that the "common cold" is viral and not amenable to treatment with antibacterial antibiotics, the demand for short-term appointments would diminish dramatically. One study I read indicated that if people are afebrile, and have neither adenopathy nor an oropharyngeal exudate on physical exam, the odds of their URI being bacterial are under 5%.

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