Gill: Coronavirus forced me home from Spain where I was a Fulbright Scholar

On March 12th, I woke up in my apartment in Spain to discover the president of the United States had announced a ban of all travel between the U.S. and Europe on account of the ever-growing cases of coronavirus patients. Though China’s cases were finally decreasing, the number of infected in Italy, Spain and Germany were on the rise. “After consulting with our top government health professionals I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being of all Americans,” Mr. Trump said. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: General Assembly 2020: Session ends under a cloud of coronavirus uncertainty

State lawmakers returned to Annapolis last January facing a serious challenge: With untested leadership, could they face off against a popular governor and approve sweeping, yet costly, education reforms along with the tax revenue to finance them? In just 71 days, nearly three weeks less than they would normally have had, they accomplished that mission, while also keeping the Preakness in Baltimore (assuming there’s a race to be run this year) and mandating background screening for private purchases of rifles and shotguns. (Balt. Sun)

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Bai: Bernie Sanders didn’t win any larger argument

As pressure mounts for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to abandon his presidential bid, a narrative seems to have taken hold among his supporters and on cable TV, and it goes like this: Sanders may have all but lost the nomination fight, but he won the larger ideological argument, and he’s fundamentally changed the Democratic Party. His movement must be reckoned with. (Wash. Post)

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Stevenson: Days of brooding

Many are confused and are a composite of anxiety about what kind of days await. The invasion of this disruptive, disease-bearing organism cares nothing about anything. I am told that it just lives and lives and lives until it wears itself out or until something is created to kill it. Aptly, we might cry: Wisdom, where are you? Are you hiding somewhere? We can’t find you. Have you left the premises? Are you close by or far away? What’s going on? We need you. (Herald-Mail)

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Stop Shutting Borders and Start Working Together

Apocalyptic visions of hastily-raised national barriers to trade, long lines of trucks gathering at the border, and shortages of essential supplies have haunted Europe ever since the U.K. voted to leave the bloc since 2016. If such a scenario is getting closer to reality, it has little to do with Brexit and everything to do with the coronavirus pandemic.Erratic border restrictions across the 27-member bloc, put up by around a dozen countries including Spain, Germany and Poland in the name of combating the spread of Covid-19, is starting to bite. (Wash. Post)

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Thomas: Coronavirus lets us evaluate what matters most in life

Rather than lament this — and there is plenty to lament — how about seeing it as an opportunity? During Lent, some people give up certain things to practice self-discipline and demonstrate their devotion to God. While there is a big difference between voluntarily giving up something and being forced to give up many things, and while there’s a difference between a religious practice and an infectious virus, the principle remains the same. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Even as people physically distance themselves, there are moments of outreach, care and human connection

Say what you will about the coronavirus outbreak, we will surely all recall for decades to come where we were in the late winter and early spring (and likely beyond) of 2020, hunkered down in our homes, keeping social distances and washing our hands, stocking our cupboards with bottled water and toilet paper for some inexplicable reason, trying to deal with kids absent from school as we soldiered on a little stressed and a bit fearful. (Balt. Sun)

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Thaver: People need to stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak. So don’t avoid the doctor

My clinic patient asked me: Should primary care continue in a time like this? My reflexive answer was “yes,” and my reflective answer was “definitely.” I work as a primary care physician in a clinic that predominately receives patients who are on Medicaid. Our clinic is not associated with any hospital system. Most of our patients have chronic medical conditions. (Balt. Sun)

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