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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Editorial: Gov. Hogan’s tightening of coronavirus restrictions - a stay-in-place order by another name

Worried about rising coronavirus cases and fatalities, and still angry that some people aren’t taking COVID-19 restrictions seriously enough in the region (as evidenced by weekend crowds viewing the cherry blossoms in D.C.), Gov. Larry Hogan attempted to thread the needle Monday, announcing tighter rules to close “non-essential” businesses in Maryland, and offering expanded aid to small businesses and unemployment insurance benefits. (Balt. Sun)

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DeFilippo: We’ve Been Here Before, Maybe

There are still a few AARP card-carriers among us who recall World War II food rationing and curfews and the great polio scares of the 1940s and 1950s before Jonas Salk’s magic elixir rescued the world’s masses from the crippling disease that afflicted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at a Boy Scout jamboree in New York. Welcome back, woke elderly. The millennials have never witnessed anything like this, not SARS, not AIDS, not even the gas rationing of the 1970s. Maybe that’s why toilet paper’s a premium item. Remind them, though, that COVID-19 is a respiratory ailment, not a bowel condition. Kids. (Md. Matters)

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