Read about medical advances and research in Seattle and worldwide. Topics include treatments; surgery; diseases such as Zika; studies of the human brain, heart and cancer; mental health; drugs and vaccinations; and Medicare, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Institutions include the Hutch, UW Medicine, Harborview, Virginia Mason, Group Health and Swedish.

What constitutes ‘essential’ travel in the COVID-19 era? For me, it was a 1,500-mile drive from Seattle to North Dakota

Sapphire Pool in Yellowstone National Park was one trail where it was possible to responsibly practice social distancing.

What, exactly, is "essential" travel amid a pandemic? This reporter agonized over whether it was socially responsible to take her toddler on a long road trip to visit the grandparents.

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