So here are the results.
I must say I'm not too surprised- about half of you preferred to go ahead and see the doctor, eventhough he may be sick and is an infectious risk. If it were me, I'd probably vote the same too.
On the receiving end though, I did feel pretty shitty that day, and was really feeling ill. So, I wouldn't have been able to give good care, not when I was having shaking chills and running a high fever. So, it wouldn't be fair too to expect the sick doc to work; everyone needs their sick days.
But one of you readers did ask though: don't we have colleagues who can cover for us? Alas, only to a certain extent. When patients are already needing to wait 4-6 weeks to see a specialist, it usually means the manpower is lacking enough that there isn't a redundant/extra person just sitting around waiting for someone to fall ill.
So, it's one of those things; in an ideal world, I wish I didn't have a job that doesn't allow for sick days without making me guilty and penalizing my patients.
Thanks for your two cents.