Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Update

Shielding Yourself From Covid

Getting Your Risk As Low As Reasonably Achievable

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  • Being masked (mouth and nose) is way way way better than being unmasked.
  • Being some distance away is better than being close.
  • Being close for a shorter period of time is better than being close for a long time.
  • Shouting/singing is worse than speaking (and silence is best of all, you can tell your Chatty Cathy cousin you read it here).
  • Getting tested too early can lead to false negatives where the test says you don’t have Covid but you actually do
  • Getting tested too late can lead to false negatives as well
  • Best chance of accurate test: 5–7 days after exposure (with quarantining in between and while you wait!)
  • There are all kinds of ways to see risk — you might see it one way while your family/friends see it another
  • Figuring out your limits ahead of time can help.
  • Talking to people about their situation and feelings about risk can give you important information to help with your own decision-making.

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Radiation Oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Emerson Hospital. Writer. Teller. Mom. Currently Covid-Obsessed. www.DrRobin.org, @robinshome

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