Negi: Children with autism spectrum disorder facing challenges dealing with social distancing

We are currently in the midst of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  Befittingly, health experts and government officials are stressing the importance of social distancing to prevent the spread of this novel coronavirus (nCoV).  Most of us have the cognitive and physical abilities to adapt to social distancing, but imagine what happens to those who lack this skill set. (Md. Reporter)

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Daniels, Rothman & Sowers: Coronavirus plea from Johns Hopkins: please take social distancing seriously to save lives

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has transformed life for all of us. As a country, we have taken a series of steps that would have been unimaginable a few weeks ago. Millions of Americans are working from home. Colleges, schools, churches, gyms, libraries, stores and other public places have all suspended operations or gone virtual. (Balt Sun)

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Portman & Durbin: Senators must be allowed to vote remotely during a crisis like this one

In the midst of the novel coronavirus, it is imperative that our federal institutions find ways to continue to perform their constitutional duties. Like so many others, the Senate has been affected by this virus, with one of our colleagues testing positive, others in self-quarantine due to possible exposure and many of our offices closed to practice social distancing. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Lack of widespread coronavirus testing contributes to spread of disease, fear

Maryland-based virologist Robert Gallo, best known for co-discovering that HIV was the cause of AIDS, used his Chinese connections to score 1,000 coronavirus testing kits for the state. And we’re grateful. It’s 1,000 more than we had — but several million less than we need. That has nothing to do with the world-renowned Dr. Gallo, who was able to leverage his reputation and contacts on our behalf. (Balt Sun)

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Rodricks: New viruses, short memories and the need for constant, global vigilance

Every 25 to 30 years, the eminent virologist Robert Gallo has said, a gap occurs in the study of viruses, and the results are devastating. It’s one of the reasons why Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore, established the Global Virus Network, a collaboration of disease experts in 32 countries who share information and watch for trouble. (Balt Sun)

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Pomeroy: Restaurants closed by coronavirus won’t reopen without economic assistance

Last Wednesday, I was planning dinner service at my restaurant, Beast. Reservations were slower than usual, and I started thinking about contingency plans to keep my doors open. Thursday morning I woke up to dozens of texts from local restaurateurs wondering what we were going to do as the stock market crashed amid covid-19 concerns. (Wash Post)


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EDITORIAL: Mike Bloomberg DNC funding runs counter to campaign finance reform promises

Anyone who’s followed the political career of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows he’s a great one for telling other people what to do and how to live. An ex-smoker, he declared war on cigarettes and banned the “Big Gulp” and other large, carry-out soft drinks because he believed they contributed to obesity, raising the cost of public health initiatives. And, despite spending millions on efforts to keep everyday Americans from exercising their Second Amendment rights, he’s usually accompanied by an armed security detail. (Wash Times)

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Impallomeni: Coronavirus and kids - Keep children thriving while social distancing

As an adult, I have found the last few weeks to be excruciatingly frustrating, confusing and completely unpredictable. Typically, physicians pride themselves on remaining calm under pressure, however in unprecedented situations, we need to become innovative. Specifically, pediatricians often emphasize the importance of preventing illness and the necessity of education. Unfortunately, schools across Maryland are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the public and flatten the infamous curve. (Balt. Sun)

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