Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Why Uncle Maskless Should Get Vaccinated

On variants, relatives as threats, and hugs

I’m a Boston-based cancer doctor and I’ve been writing weekly fact-based-no-blame-no-rumors-all-science-all-the-time essays about Covid-19 since March 2020.

You can read my views on ways to navigate our post-vaccine world here — or about unvaccinated kids here — or you can read about vaccines/anti-vaxxers throughout history here.

June 20, 2021

Cases and hospitalization numbers continue to fall here in the US, and pretty much the only people ending up in the hospital are the unvaccinated.

It’s now pretty much constant: when you ask a hospitalized Covid patient, “Did you get vaccinated?” — the answer is usually, “Nope.”


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Kleenex? Check.
NyQuil? Check.
Covid Test? Check

Getting a cold in the middle of a global pandemic

Guess what happened when we took off our masks and started hanging out with each other again? The natural order was restored and we started having viruses comes out of our noses and mouths and we’ve started infecting each other again!

It’s like the germ floodgates have opened and viruses are just pouring out. All the Old Familiar Summer Bugs — strep, RSV, older corona viruses, rhinovirus, coxsackie, the list goes on and on — are leading to lots of people getting “colds” and “flus” and “sinus infections” and it’s such a shock to our systems…


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Will Delta Be Your Death Warrant?

Not If You’re Vaccinated

I’m a Boston-based cancer doctor and I’ve been writing weekly fact-based-no-blame-no-rumors-all-science-all-the-time essays about Covid-19 since March 2020.

You can read my views on ways to navigate our post-vaccine world here — or about unvaccinated kids here — or you can read about vaccines/anti-vaxxers throughout history here.

So what’s going on with the Delta variant?

I’ve talked about variants before, but let’s review the very basics of what a variant is. Viruses are famous for mutating into gajillions of different variants. …


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Youth Vaxx

Keeping the Kids All Right

I’m a Boston-based cancer doctor and I’ve been writing weekly fact-based-no-blame-no-rumors-all-science-all-the-time essays about Covid-19 since March 2020.

You can read my views on ways to navigate our post-vaccine world here — or about unvaccinated kids here — or you can read about vaccines/anti-vaxxers throughout history here.

Almost everywhere you look at Covid statistics in the US right now: oh my gosh, it’s like a pandemic miracle.

I know, I know, I’m a doctor, and I’m not supposed to talk about miracles.

But look:

Numbers almost everywhere are down, down, down. There…


The Pause, The Outcome

I’m a Boston-based cancer doctor and I’ve been writing weekly fact-based-no-blame-no-rumors-all-science-all-the-time essays about Covid-19 since March 2020.

You can read my views on ways to navigate our post-vaccine world here — or about vaccines in general here — or you can read about vaccines/anti-vaxxers throughout history here.

So, J&J.

Bottom line, once again, hooray for science. As I have written from the start of all this, “The science will save us.” And look, it’s done it again.

Our scientists built complicated side-effect screening systems to catch any rare events happening after vaccines were given. They said…


Dr Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Our Unvaccinated Kids Are Unprotected

How We Can Keep Them Safe

I’m a Boston-based cancer doctor and I’ve been writing weekly fact-based-no-blame-no-rumors-all-science-all-the-time essays about Covid-19 since March 2020. You can read about other ways to navigate our post-vaccine world here and here and you can read about vaccines (and anti-vaxxers) throughout history here.

Our darling children are unvaccinated so they are unprotected and we need to keep protecting them.

They are unvaccinated because the vaccines trials were deliberately set up to not include them:

— we often wait to test kids until after vaccines are proven safe in adults

— kids…


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Dr. Covid, Party Pooper

Navigating a Partially-Vaccinated World

I have an old pal named Julia who lives in a nearby state. I don’t get to see her very often but I was going to be in her town for a few hours last Thursday so we made arrangements to meet up.

She’s going through (like so many other people) a terrible divorce situation, a hideous mess, and I was glad to have the chance to see her in person.

I’m completely vaccinated but she’s not. How to meet up safely?

We thought about going for a walk but the forecast…


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Grandparents Unmasked? Friends without Bandanas?

…..Negotiating Through a Post-Vaccine World

There are now over 74 million vaccinated people in the US (and 300 million in the world), most of whom are very excited to be returning to a post-vaccinated life slowly starting to resemble some kind of normal.

Those of us who haven’t gotten our shots yet are trying to contain our VUVE (Very Understandable Vaccine Envy) — the “2021 Version of FOMO” — and are counting the days til it’s our turn.

But many of us are confused or concerned about how we should behave after we are fully vaccinated (which is defined as 14…


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Covid and the Train of History

Lessons From the Past, Hope for the Future

I’m writing this on Saturday March 6, 2021. Exactly one year ago — on March 6, 2020 — I wrote my first Covid post.

Everybody has their own story of how they realized what Covid was going to be.

For me, it started in late February as friends and colleagues in New York City and Italy sent out deeply frightening first-hand reports about what they were seeing: every night my in-box filled up with horror.

For me, it solidified on March 2. I had taken a quick trip…


Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

Living in a Post-Vax World

What Happens After Aunt Petunia Gets Her Shots?

Hi, I’m back as Robin-Schoenthaler-the-Boston-cancer-doctor-who-writes-about-Covid.

Every day there’s more science about the likelihood of post-vaccination transmission. And every day the science looks more reassuring.

And that’s so important; that’s the everything, right? Post-vax ransmission is the trump card.

Let’s say Aunt Petunia at last gets both her vaccines; her niece from the bridal shower loves her to pieces and helped her with the techie part.

So now Aunt Petunia knows her chances of getting sick with symptomatic Covid is super low, and her chances of getting a serious or deadly case of Covid is now exceedingly…

Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Covid-Translator. Cancer doc: ~Three decades at MGH. Writer and storyteller: Moth Grand Slam Champion. Mom. www.DrRobin.org, @robinshome, robinshome2@gmail.com

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