Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

How to Navigate Our Post-Omicron World

Robin Schoenthaler, MD
6 min readMar 8, 2022

You just spent two years stewing in a cauldron of anxiety — now what?

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I am writing this on March 6, 2022. I first wrote about Covid, in a post to my neighbors, on March 6, 2020.

There is now absolutely no question that we are facing a major life-altering epidemic and all of our lives are going to be changed for a while and for a few of us our lives are going to be threatened. …(We need to) stay at home as much as possible.

On March 20, 2020 I elaborated:

And folks, we’re here for the long-term. Like two months? Three? More? We need to gird our loins and figure out ways to cope with what is essentially a total meltdown of our normal lives. We need to figure out how to model courage and fortitude and flexibility and grit … We need to picture a day some months ahead (July? August?) when we sit at Walden Pond or Lake Winnipesaukee or the Mystic Lakes and we say, “Remember that nightmare? Remember how every single week got worse?”

Oh, the innocence.

Oh, the naïveté.

Oh, the complete and total impossibility of predicting what we would be like today.

Re-reading my March 6, 2021 post is also painful:

And here we are, 52 posts later. And 520,000 deaths. And ten million people unemployed and eight gazillion divorces and ten jillion kids who more or less lost a year and a surge in anti-depressant prescriptions. So much anguish. But here we are.

And now.

Here we are now. It’s March 6, 2022, a hundred posts later, and we have 950,000 deaths and we are only beginning to grasp the collateral damage. And we still need to gird our loins for the next steps.

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.

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The next steps reflect the fact that the case numbers are free-falling down, and the hospital strain has eased up, and the wastewater analysis is showing us the lowest…

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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