“We've been raised to make things happen ourselves, and now we have to work together not just for our own interests, but for the welfare of others," said E. Scott Geller, a Virginia Tech expert in applied behavioral science. "We all have to think of the big picture."
The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the Democratic primaries and the presidential race out of the headlines and off the minds of most Americans. As of late March, 13 primaries have now been delayed.
When it comes to mitigating the effects of COVID-19 in America, President Trump has made his opinion clear: states need to do more. Many governors have said they either don’t completely agree with that approach or outright think the opposite. What’s the right approach? Probably somewhere in between, according to Virginia Tech political scientist Karen Hult.
A Virginia Tech professor who specializes in statistical modeling and disease surveillance says the United States has to do a better job of testing for the novel coronavirus if the country is to be successful in mitigating the virus’ spread.
With the spread of COVID-19, countless people are working from home and adjusting their eating habits and activity accordingly. It is important to try to retain your normal eating habits and stay active, even if the options look different.
As Congress hustles to wrap up work on a massive $2 trillion relief bill – the largest stimulus package in U.S. history – Virginia Tech financial expert Derek Klock evaluates whether it will be enough.
The resources that families can draw on during these challenging times varies greatly, and a one-size-fits-all model is not going to work, according to Virginia Tech’s Cindy Smith. Smith is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies for the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech. She also runs the Children's Emotions Lab.
“As the nation stares down a new emergency of global proportions, World War II can serve as a model of how we might address this new challenge,” Virginia Tech historian Ed Gitre wrote. “Leaders then did not rely on good will alone. The challenge was too great and onerous, and human nature, left to its own devices, too fickle.”
Because the 2019 novel coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, Virginia Tech epidemiologist Charlotte Baker says everyone needs to be especially careful about minimizing the risk of exposure to yourself and others.
A Virginia Tech expert in gerontology encourages families to stay connected with their older loved ones while practicing social distancing, even as new challenges increase the complexity of staying in touch.
Virginia Tech transportation expert Ralph Buehler says that people who need to travel should consider alternate modes of transportation to not only practice social distancing, but foster healthy lifestyles and mental well-being.
The spread of the coronavirus throughout the world has many people feeling anxious, which is normal in this time of uncertainty, explains Dr. Robert Trestman, head of psychiatry at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.