As I See It: I can’t think of a better place to be right now

Tuesday morning, I went to Costco. On the way there the radio DJs explained endlessly that the governor’s lockdown order began at 12:01 a.m. March 25 (Wednesday). I did not think that was particularly a hard concept to understand, but it went on and on, on more than one station.

My Turn: We are all in this together

I, for one, have had enough of the hate virus, the mean virus, and the judgment virus. I’ve had enough of the yelling and the name-calling. It’s infected all of us and made us all sick and tired. But we can radically change our behavior. We can do way more than just wash our hands, use sanitizer, and stay inside. This moment shows us how vulnerable we all are. It shows us how tied we are to one another. It shows us how we are all in this together.

My Turn: New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Noah Smith: How to limit hoarding and keep America’s hands clean

“What happened to the soap?” That’s what many Americans may be thinking as they wander forlornly through the aisles of local grocery stores (always careful, of course, to maintain a 6-foot distance from other customers). Fresh food may be abundant, but the necessities of a disease quarantine — hand soap, sanitizer, toilet paper and so on — are increasingly hard to find. For some items, such as peanut butter, this isn’t much of a problem. But for soap, hoarding could set back the country’s ability to suppress the coronavirus by making it harder for people to clean their hands — which medical professionals say is important to prevent the disease from spreading.

Editorial: It’s time to prepare for an economic recession

As much as the nation’s elected leaders from the White House to statehouses have found themselves at the vanguard of health care policy in recent days, taking dramatic actions to close schools, churches and businesses to lessen the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, the day is swiftly coming for equally decisive action to protect the nation’s economy from the worst of a looming recession.

Editorial: The US economy is sliding into a coronavirus hole. Congress needs to do more to pull it out

The intensifying drumbeat of coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns has drawn outrage from some conservatives, who argue that the government is driving the U.S. economy into a ditch and, by overreacting, pushing us unnecessarily into recession. Some even contend that this whole virus thing is a plot by liberals to prevent President Trump from being reelected in November.