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Saturday, March 28, 2020

According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump is pushing for his signature on the $1,200 checks that many individual Americans will soon receive now that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law. Don Hammond, a former official at the Treasury Department, told the Wall Street Journal that a disbursing officer's signature would ordinarily be on the checks. read more


With millions around the world stuck at home and the novelty of watching the entire Netflix inventory waning, boredom scholars, who are actually quite interesting, are scrambling to study a vast petri dish of boredom -- young and old, rich and poor, East and West. "This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hopefully learn some really important things," Westgate said. She won't have trouble finding subjects.


Trump personal attorney and confidant Rudy Giuliani posted a tweet featuring misinformation about the coronavirus and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, which was then deleted by Twitter because it violated the platform's rules. read more


In a signing statement, the president undermined a key safeguard Democrats had insisted upon as a condition of approving $500 billion in corporate relief in the $2 trillion law. read more


Over the past two weeks, hundreds of movie theaters in the country had begun to reopen. No reason for the policy reversal was given, but insiders believe the government is worried about a potential second wave of coronavirus infections. read more


Some Wuhan residents who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospitals, about 5%-10% of patients pronounced "recovered" have tested positive again. read more


While funeral workers enter the story of a coronavirus victim's life later than doctors and nurses, they similarly face the risk of falling ill themselves. Per the Centers for Disease Control, "scientists and researchers have not determined how long the virus remains virulent in the body after death." Research does suggest, though, that it can live up to three hours after being aerosolized (sprayed in the air) and up to two to three days on some surfaces, including plastic and stainless steel. read more


As doctors and nurses around the United States struggle with a continued shortage of protective masks, putting their lives in jeopardy when they treat coronavirus patients, the Tennessee Department of Health offered this advice: "[I]f they need to treat a coronavirus patient but don't have a protective gown or mask, one option is to wear a garbage bag or wrap a diaper around their face. "


Amid a pandemic and with the 2020 presidential election looming, the White House and the Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention have mailed Americans a coronavirus advisory that features Donald Trump's name in the title. read more


President Donald Trump again bashed the Democratic governors of Washington and Michigan on Friday, saying they "should be appreciative" of the federal government and that he's told Vice President Mike Pence -- who heads the White House's response to the coronavirus pandemic -- not to call them. read more


Abbott on Friday announced it received approval for a test that is capable of delivering positive results of the coronavirus in as little as five minutes, and it will begin making those tests available to health care providers next week. The Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the point-of-care test on Friday, the company said in a statement. The test can detect negative results in 13 minutes. The company said it plans to ramp up manufacturing so it can deliver 50,000 tests per day.


President Donald Trump reportedly reached out to former Yankee Alex Rodriguez in his continued outreach across the country regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Per John Santucci of ABC News, President Trump called Rodriguez from the Oval Office earlier this week. Santucci notes that Rodriguez's call with the President was "pleasant," and that President Trump, while asking the former Yankees slugger about the coronavirus response, did not discuss having A-Rod or his fiance Jennifer Lopez take on any official effort.


President Donald Trump on Friday continued the false and misleading claims that have become a part of White House briefings on coronavirus, wrapping up a week in which the number of confirmed cases across the country topped 100,000. ... Trump said of the coronavirus: "You can call it a germ, you can call it a flu, you can call it a virus, you know you can call it many different names. I'm not sure anybody even knows what it is." Facts First: You cannot accurately call the coronavirus "a flu." read more


Friday, March 27, 2020

After providing nearly $26 billion in aid to farmers over the past few years to offset losses from President Trump's trade war with China, the administration now has another giant new pot of money to pass out to them with little or no oversight, courtesy of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. ... [U]nlike industries such as airlines, hotels and automakers, which have largely or completely shut down, most farms are still operating. And sales of some products in the industry have surged as worried consumers stock up, generating shortages of meat, chicken, eggs and flour. read more


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States topped 100,000 on Friday as infections quickly spread to new areas of the country. As of Friday evening, the US has at least 100,013 known cases of coronavirus and 1,545 people have died, according to CNN's tally of cases reported by health officials. ... For the third day in a row, health officials across the US reported a record number of deaths in a single day since the pandemic outbreak. At least 359 coronavirus-related deaths were reported Friday. read more


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