Dr. Robin’s Covid-19 Updates

What To Do If You Get Covid

Robin Schoenthaler, MD
6 min readMay 9, 2022

Version Three Point Uh-Oh!

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Omicron case numbers from the very contagious BA.2 and BA.3 variants — and soon BA.4 and BA.5 — continue to move upwards, now climbing in over forty states.

— -The good news: Vaccines/boosters no longer are perfect at stopping us from getting Covid but they are doing a great job at protecting most of us from getting the kind of serious disease that lands us in the hospital or the morgue.

— — The bad news: Omicron is continuing to cause a fair amount of disruption and misery. “Mild” is not a good descriptor of Omicron for a lot of people.

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 support both Medium and me here.

What should you do if you turn positive?

Number one: You should not feel guilty or like you’ve done something wrong, or “But I did everything right for two years and now this!” The thing is, this isn’t something you necessarily did WRONG — it’s just the nature of a highly infectious virus.

{This kind of guilty/frustrated reaction, which I hear a lot, reminds me of when women with breast cancer say to me, “But I did everything right. I only ate organic food, I did pilates, I breastfed! How could this happen? What did I do wrong?”

The fact is, you can do everything perfectly right and cells can still mutate and viruses can still grow in your nose. The bottom line: bad biology can triumph over our bodies and our will.

This explains why there’s so many books called “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People,” etc.}

So what to do when you get Covid?

1) First off, you can trust a positive at-home antigen test. Positive is positive. No test is perfect but these are mostly doing the job, particularly with repeat testing. Nowadays you don’t need to go get a PCR test to confirm your diagnosis, and you don’t need a PCR test to qualify for treatment.

2) Let your doctor know you are positive and ask if s/he considers your medical history…



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