CNN: Vice President Mike Pence and members of his staff met Tuesday with some of the doctors who were featured in a video that was later removed from social media for misinformation, those doctors said on Wednesday. The video, which was shared by President Donald Trump before being removed, featured members of the group America’s Frontline Doctors standing on the steps of the Supreme Court claiming that masks aren’t necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus and promoting hydroxychloroquine as a cure. Both claims are contradicted by scientific studies.
Inc.: The majority of small businesses nationwide say they’re preparing for a resurgence of coronavirus. They’re snapping up additional supplies to preempt shortages, updating their websites, increasing e-commerce offerings, and expanding digital payment options. That’s according to the latest and final poll on the impact of the coronavirus on small businesses released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife. The online survey of approximately 500 U.S. business owners took place between July 9 and July 16.
Business Insider: Billionaire Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates has advocated for pandemic preparedness for years, and famously gave a TED talk in 2015 that warned of the potentially staggering death toll a worldwide pandemic could create. As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world, Gates has pledged $250 million to fight the disease and create a vaccine, and he’s emerged as a leader in the worldwide pandemic response.
Business Insider: David T. Hines, a 29-year-old man in Miami, Florida, was charged in federal court recently for fraudulently obtaining $3.9 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans and then using the money to buy himself a 2020 Lamborghini Huracan, among other things. Hines was charged by criminal complaint with “one count of bank fraud, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, and one count of engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds,” the United States Department of Justice announced on Monday.
Travel Agent Central: Fourteen CEOs of travel-related companies sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders Monday, stating that more and better COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing is crucial to an economic recovery and the restart of the $2.6 trillion travel industry. “Restoring travel will require an aggressive and comprehensive suite of measures to provide relief, protection and stimulus for travel-related businesses—83 percent of which are small businesses,” the letter said. Among the measures, the 14 CEOs supported the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet, Mitt Romney and Kyrsten Sinema. The legislation, which those who signed the letter want incorporated in the next coronavirus relief package, would enhance the resources and collaboration tools the federal government devotes to COVID-19 testing.
Vanity Fair: The Average Joe may be screwed in the pandemic, but with the Fed rescuing the capital markets, people who make money from money—hedge fund managers, private-equity moguls, investment bankers—are riding high.
USA Today: While much public discussion around cruises restarting have centered on the visible changes that passengers might see – mandated masks and social distancing as well as staggered embarkation and capacity limits – cruise lines are examining harder-to-see improvements, such as upgrades to the ship’s ventilation system, reports Cruise Critic. The move is being driven by scientific research, which is now focusing more on aerosol spread of COVID-19, as opposed to surfaces.
NPR: The federal government has repeatedly warned Americans about scammers trying to sell dietary supplements as a remedy for COVID-19 when medical experts say supplements are neither safe nor effective for treating the disease. But if consumers type “coronavirus supplement” or “COVID supplement” into the search bar at Amazon.com, not only does the online retailer auto-complete the search, it serves up pages and pages of supplements without any warning about the scientific evidence.
Reuters: More than three-quarters of recently recovered COVID-19 patients had heart muscle problems show up during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests, German doctors reported on Monday in JAMA Cardiology. In some patients, the heart may be “in serious trouble as a part of COVID-19 disease,” Dr. Valentina Puntmann of University Hospital Frankfurt told Reuters. Among 100 patients ages 45 to 53, “a considerable majority” – 78 – had inflammation in the heart muscle and lining. Sixty-seven had recovered at home while 33 had required hospitalization.
Reuters: Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) launched two 30,000-subject trials of COVID-19 vaccines that could clear the way for regulatory approval and widespread use by the end of this year, the companies said on Monday. The trials, both announced on Monday, are the first late-stage studies supported by the Trump administration’s effort to speed development of measures against the novel coronavirus, adding to hope that an effective vaccine will help end the pandemic.