New Friends for Life After Paired Donor Kidney Exchange

For a few years, Steve Harper had thought about donating a kidney. “I thought it would be a good thing to do,” Steve explains. “And sometimes thinking about doing something makes you feel like a better person and for a time, that was good … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Wear a Mask During COVID-19

**By Rebecca Partridge, MD** If you are a parent of a young child during the pandemic, you know firsthand how hard it can be to explain what is going on and why your child must wear a face covering when in public places or around people outside of … [Read more...]

Prioritizing Your Health During COVID-19

**By Donna L. Smith, MD** Reports indicate nearly one-third of U.S. adults have avoided seeking medical care because they are worried about contracting COVID-19, and experts are concerned about deaths from non-COVID-19 illnesses that could be due to … [Read more...]

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child, Even During a Pandemic

**By David J. Schneider, MD, FAAP** The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported a plunge in vaccination rates for children, with numbers suggesting childhood vaccination rates essentially halting from March to April 2020 during the … [Read more...]

Tips for Summer Travel During COVID-19

**By Chia Wang, MD** Summer is underway and many of us are feeling restless and ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Some of us are itching to see family and friends whom we may not have seen for a while. But is it safe to travel this summer … [Read more...]

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...]