A Tale of Two Pandemics: The 1918 Flu and COVID-19

**By Chris Baliga, MD, and David Wilma** “We’re in unprecedented times.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear variations of this statement on repeat. While current times are heartbreaking and incredibly trying, there is, in fact, a precedent. As … [Read more...]

When COVID-19 Comes Home: How to Protect Healthy Family Members

Learn how to protect yourself and other family members when someone in your household contracts COVID-19.

**By Gabrielle Worzella, DO** Let’s say someone in your household shows symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for the virus. It’s a reality that many of us have now experienced personally or know of a family who has. If your loved one is confirmed … [Read more...]

A Message from Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO

Virginia Mason CEO supports White Coats for Black Lives in open letter.

To Our Community: I am writing with a heavy heart, and I’m sure many in our community share my feelings. The senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota are tragic. These events shine yet … [Read more...]

Tips to Keep Your Immune System Healthy During COVID-19

Exercise can help de-stress and boost our immune system.

**Medically Reviewed by Amy Portacci, DO** Keeping your immune system healthy is important anytime, but even more so during the current COVID-19 pandemic. That’s because our bodies have never met this year’s coronavirus, which means we have no idea … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Active During Self-Isolation and COVID-19

Staying active at home during self-isolation and COVID-19

**By Priya Kanwar, MD and Bandana Sharma, MD** Self-isolation during this pandemic can take a heavy toll on one’s mental and physical well-being. Many of us are still figuring out our new routines and being confined to a single space doesn’t help, … [Read more...]

Practicing Mindfulness in a Time of Uncertainty and COVID-19

Practicing mindfulness during COVID-19

**By Astrid Pujari, MD** The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is challenging all of us to find inner strength during a time of much uncertainty in our world. Each of us is affected by this health crisis, and we are all learning to navigate our “new … [Read more...]

Tips for Talking to Children About COVID-19

**By David Schneider, MD, FAAP** The COVID-19 pandemic is taking over our news feeds, social media, conversations with friends and family—pretty much everywhere we look or listen, you will find a mention of COVID-19. It can be overwhelming for many … [Read more...]

Finding Calm in a Crisis: Changing What We Tell Ourselves

**By Bethany Davis, LSWAIC** “I’m feeling too much all at once.” Is this what you think when people ask “how are you” during the COVID-19 crisis? If so, you’re not alone: the impact the pandemic is having on our lives, families and communities … [Read more...]

Knee Replacement: Targeted Pain Control is Key to Recovery

Of the more than 600,000 knee replacements done in the U.S. each year, the number of people in their 50s and even 40s having the procedure is growing. While carrying excess weight is one factor -- one pound of excess weight is equal to five pounds of … [Read more...]

Finding Light on the Ride: A Comeback Story

The tricky thing about hitting bottom is knowing when you’ve done it. Making his way to his usual bus stop, Jon Perry slipped on an icy sidewalk and grabbed for a garbage can to break his fall. That might have worked, except Jon weighed about 280 … [Read more...]