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• Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is part of a famous business, as reported in this Washington Post article on President Donald Trump’s love for kibitz over the phone. The article, titled “A Phone Call With Trump May Open Doors For Executives, Celebrities, And Others With Coronavirus Claims,” begins: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (right) called President Trump over the weekend to ask for a favor. Battelle, a company headquartered in its state, was struggling to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sterilize face masks in bulk so they can be reused by health workers. So Trump called FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn. “And in a very short period of time,” the president said, “they got the approval.” Trump proudly told this story during his press conference at the Rose Garden on Sunday, and then repeated it on Monday night. He tries to demonstrate that he is a practical leader uniquely focused on the fight against the novel coronavirus and eager to cut red tape. These kinds of anecdotes have become commonplace during his daily briefings. The Post notes that Trump spoke to celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck on Sunday, who told him how badly his business has been hit by the closures. Hours later, citing that conversation, Trump announced his support for something hospitality industry lobbyists have been pursuing for years. Other people cited in the article include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
• Marc-Aurèle Buholzer, owner of the temporarily closed Vero pizzeria in Cleveland Heights, is one of the people cited in this Wall Street Journal article which asks a simple question: “Can t-shirt sales save American restaurants?” From the article: As the coronavirus hit the US hotel industry, local governments across the country have reluctantly forced restaurants to close for the foreseeable future, sparking an economic crisis on both the macro and micro scales. … Many restaurants, or their staff independently, have opened GoFundMe accounts, crowdsourced funds to help overcome this crisis. But restaurant establishments across America also rely on the sale of t-shirts, hats, and other merchandise bearing the logo as a financial plaster.. Buholzer told the newspaper: “Merch is currently one of our only two sources of income.” (The other: gift cards.) Until last month, The Journal said, “Vero had only sold products in the restaurant, but with that display case out of order, Mr Buholzer quickly tinkered with a shop in line to sell its decidedly hip t-shirts, which includes a $ 20 kids’ t-shirt featuring a rather anxious anthropomorphized slice of pizza atop a skateboard. He said he was seeing “very good sales”, not only from locals but also buyers across the country.
• An anecdote from the Cleveland Clinic is part of this New York Times article on tensions between healthcare providers and administrators. Most of the time, according to the Times, “staff and administrators argue over masks, whether they should be worn outside of treatment rooms and what type of masks – thinner surgical masks or larger breathing masks. Should they be worn at all times? Only in procedures or during patient visits? There are also baffles over testing and isolation: who to test and when, and who to isolate, given the limited number of beds Who to send home if a staff member is showing symptoms, and who to ask to work with? ”The Times says that“ an email from a mid-level manager ”from the clinic to a group of doctors got them warned not to “go rogue” and to wear surgical masks around the hospital. “These are emotional times, and we have to control our emotions,” he said. Dr Jim Merlino, head of transformation at the clinic, told The Times that the language was “not good communication.” He also said that “although he knew that some doctors in his facility and across the country were frustrated, he maintained that the vast majority were not.” Merlino tells The Times that decisions should be made on the basis of clear scientific evidence. The Clinic interprets this current evidence as concluding that it is not necessary to wear surgical masks unless you are facing a high risk situation.
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