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...]

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...]

Caring for the Caregiver: Tips for Preventing Burnout

**By Bethany Davis, LSWAIC** As a clinical social worker who supports people living with cancer, I help patients navigate a very difficult time in their lives. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: The caregivers I meet, whether spouses, … [Read more...]

The Finer Points of Healing: Understanding Acupuncture

Patients walking through Virginia Mason's Health Resources Building in Seattle might be surprised to see signs for the Center for Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine on a hospital campus? Absolutely! It is actually a perfect fit. Integrative … [Read more...]

Colonoscopy: The ‘Minor Inconvenience’ That Saves Lives

**By Vlad V. Simianu, MD, MPH** Learning she had colorectal cancer last year surprised Helen Nind. The 55-year-old mother of two had no family history of the disease, no symptoms and generally felt healthy. But the suspicious polyp that was found … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait — Get Your Flu Shot Now

  Visit one of Virginia Mason's walk-in flu clinic locations, open now through Nov. 30. What’s one of the best ways to stay healthy this holiday season? Get your flu shot. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, so now’s the … [Read more...]