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to fall. “We were kind of hopeful, and then everything just shot
right back up. ... We were thinking, ‘We’ve come this far, let’s
It was hard at first, he said. Not being to help his wife around
the house, not being able to give his youngest children, who
are 6 and 9 years old, a concrete timeline for his return.
“It was way harder on them,” he said. Eventually, though,
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they got used to it.
Lin, with little to do outside the hospital, took on extra shifts.
He has read 20 books on the history of World War II. When
the weather was nice, he would visit the house and talk to his
family from the other side of the fence or in their backyard. He
moved from the motel to an Airbnb and played Minecraft with
his children, a video game in which players collect resources
and build just about anything they can dream up.
“It got to the point where they almost preferred interacting
with me that way as opposed to FaceTime, which was kind of
funny,” he said.
As the summer turned to fall, news that Germany’s BioNTech,
in partnership with Pfizer, and Moderna were making rapid
progress on a vaccine, bolstered their resolve to continue. He
had assumed vaccines would take years to develop but that the
U.S. would successfully flatten the curve, allowing people to
live their lives, albeit while continuing to social distance, wear
masks and the like.
Franklin Lin is
vaccinated against the
coronavirus while his
wife and children
Franklin Lin recently
received his first dose
of the coronavirus
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