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The CDC now recommends wearing a mask in some cases: A doctor explains why and when to wear one

By: - April 7, 2020

By Dr. Thomas Perls, Boston University The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its policy and is now advising everyone, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19, to cover their face with a mask or cloth covering whenever social distancing is difficult to maintain. To be clear, the CDC is not saying you should […]

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COVID-19 is changing the health care landscape

By: - April 3, 2020

By Dr. Clifford L. Deal We are living in the greatest public health crisis in the last hundred years. COVID-19 has quickly taken hold of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health announced 1,706 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout Virginia as of Thursday.  We expect the number of cases and deaths to increase. The challenges faced by […]

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Tips for weathering COVID-19 financial fears

By: - April 2, 2020

By John Whitfield As thousands of Virginians now face financial insecurity due to COVID-19 and the economic turndown, here are some legal suggestions if you’re struggling or are concerned about what happens next. I’ve spent the last 39 years as a legal aid lawyer providing free legal assistance (at Blue Ridge Legal Services, the legal […]

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Investment in local open space, greenways and trails is critical

By: - March 31, 2020

By Christopher G. Miller In these emotionally and physically trying days of COVID-19 quarantines and social distancing, many people are increasingly turning to iconic parks, trails and green spaces for solace, exercise and restorative access to nature. And that’s great news. But our current situation is showing us, loudly and clearly, that we need more […]

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A win for undocumented immigrants is a win for all

By: - March 27, 2020

By Tram Nguyen  Every person in Virginia deserves to live in their community free from fear. The exclusion of undocumented Virginians from being able to drive has been a crippling barrier to that principle. But the state legislature has now passed a bill that will allow driving for many immigrant residents through driver privilege cards […]

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It’s dangerous to stigmatize Asians, especially during a public health crisis

By: - March 26, 2020

By the Virginia Asian Advisory Board In an already anti-immigrant environment, Asians, particularly the Chinese, are reportedly facing increasing acts of racism, xenophobia and stigmatization as a result of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Asian students have reported being victims of name calling, harassment and even violence. Asians, and even products made in China, are ridiculed or […]

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What happens next for the economy?

By: - March 23, 2020

By Michael Gilbert John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist who argued for fiscal stimulus during the Great Depression, said “in the long-run we’re all dead.” Perhaps an appropriate equivalent is, if we fail to act, “in the short-run we’re all dead too.” No matter how we choose to handle COVID-19, there are economic ramifications, some […]

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Pharmaceutical industry ‘is working around the clock’ on COVID-19

By: - March 23, 2020

By Dr. Michael Ybarra As an emergency physician, I’m watching each day as COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus, continues to impact patients and our entire country. Ensuring that individuals who become sick seek care and take proper steps with their health care professionals to limit spread of the disease is key. And […]

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‘Virginia is for Lovers’ just became just a little more real for immigrants

By: - March 20, 2020

By Luis Angel Aguilar As an immigrant growing up undocumented in Virginia, my love for my community was challenged by a slew of anti-immigrant policies on a local and state level that treated me and the powerful undocumented immigrants in my life as subhuman. Although immigrants made enormous contributions to the commonwealth both economically and […]

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COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

By: - March 19, 2020

By Angela Ciolfi There is nothing like a crisis to expose the cavernous gaps in our systems of support. A few examples among many: Evicting people from public housing for unpaid rent when other affordable housing options are scarce has always increased homelessness and educational instability. COVID-19 just lays bare the naked cruelty of it. […]

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7 lessons from ‘Hidden Figures’ NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson’s life and career

By: - March 10, 2020

By Della Dumbaugh Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician who made critical contributions to the space program at NASA, died Feb. 24 at the age of 101. Johnson became a household name thanks to the celebrated book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the […]

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Something’s rotten in Virginia

By: - March 6, 2020

By David Daley and Katie Fahey Something’s rotten in the state of Virginia. Legislative Democrats are on the verge of scuttling bipartisan redistricting reform and handing themselves unilateral power over the next decade of state legislative and congressional maps — embracing the same partisan gerrymandering that Democrats have so bitterly complained about when Republicans hold […]