Dr. Robin Schoenthaler, an oncologist at Mass. General, files her latest report from the front line: Things are getting better, even if very slowly, MGH has reduced the number of ICU beds and begun re-opening operating rooms for non-Covid-19 patients.
"Flattening the curve via strict social distancing worked, even in an area as hard-hit as Boston," she reports.
But now comes the re-opening, even without a vaccine or medical treatment for a potentially deadly disease.
The last couple of months were so incredibly hard on so many levels but one good thing was how it was so black and white: stay home, period. Now we’re going to move into a different kind of hard. We’re not going to have black and white anymore; it’s going to be gray. ...
The incubation period for Covid is 2-14 days with an average of 5, and many people wait to get tested. So it takes at least a couple of weeks after a big exposure to see an uptick in cases, and then it takes at least a few weeks more to see an increase in the death rate.
So if we open up Massachusetts on May 19, we won’t really know the impact til late June. Meanwhile everybody all over the news and social media will be hashing over every uptick and downturn but the fact is: we won’t know if we’re okay until we’re looking in the rearview mirror, and in the meantime things will be gray. And I hate gray.