Covid Missive May 30, 2020: Science and Hope

  • March 2 we saw 2 cases
  • March 16 there were 197
  • March 20 we had the first death
  • March 30 there were over 5,500 cases and 59 deaths
  • April 14 there were more than 28,000 cases and 957 deaths
  • April 28 there were over 58,000 cases and 3153 deaths
  • Today, May 30, we’re at 96,000 cases and 6768 deaths.
  • hand-washing
  • masking
  • physically distancing
  • being near people for short periods rather than prolonged
  • being in well-ventilated areas
  • trying not to touch our dang face!
  • It’s increasingly clear that respiratory transmission is more important than getting it from inanimate objects. “It’s people, not property.”
  • And people’s behavior matters: To paraphrase my fave facebook doc Dr. Jennifer L. Kasten: “Coughing or sneezing > singing > bellowing > normal speaking > breathing.“
  • Hanging out with people who have been careful should be safer than hanging out with Uncle Maskless.
  • It helps me to think about the fact that most people are not contagious at any given moment (remember last week’s 1/38 in Boston number).

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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Robin Schoenthaler, MD

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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