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After announcing he tested positive for coronavirus, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said he’s “all in” for using hydroxychloroquine to treat the condition. (New York Post)
So did Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, diagnosed July 7, who said he felt “OK” the very next day after starting on HCQ but is still weak with persistent respiratory symptoms. (CNN)
Former GOP presidential candidate and prominent mask refusenik Herman Cain died Thursday of COVID-19. (CNBC)
As of 8 a.m. ET Friday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States included 4,495,224 cases and 152,075 deaths, increases of 67,731 and 1,359 from Thursday; 456,360 more cases and 8,040 more deaths from a week ago.
Almost 25,000 Americans died of COVID-19 during July. (Reuters)
More than 1,000 healthcare providers and researchers have signed a petition urging an immediate national shutdown of nonessential businesses. (NPR)
State health officials complained to Reuters about being left in the dark on COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans — which also appear murky at the federal level.
Wisconsin joined the long and still-growing list of states whose governor ordered a mask mandate. (Reuters)
Coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir said results are available within 2 or 3 days in 56% of cases. (The Hill)
But Bill Gates called current testing a “complete waste” because of slow turnaround for results. (CNN)
Florida health officials will close state-supported testing facilities until Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Isaias has passed, probably Aug. 5. (CNN)
Chinese government-associated computer hackers allegedly tried to steal coronavirus vaccine research data from U.S. vaccine developer Moderna. (Reuters)
CMS and the CDC announced that reimbursement will be available to healthcare providers for counseling patients about self-isolation at the time of coronavirus testing.
NIAID director Anthony Fauci, MD, offered his thoughts about why the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating to minority communities. (CBS News)
The first dog that tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S. has died. (The Hill)
In other news:
- The FDA issued warning letters to seven companies about selling unapproved hangover remedies
- Men with type 2 diabetes and hypogonadism had sustained improvement in diabetes-related clinical and laboratory parameters when they received testosterone supplementation. (University at Buffalo)
- Janssen announced FDA approval of ustekinumab (Stelara) for pediatric patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
- Chicago’s Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital issued a formal apology for having performed sex-assignment surgeries on so-called intersex infants. (Reuters)