Doctors across the country are stockpiling experimental drugs touted by President Trump as potential treatments for Covid-19 by writing prescriptions for themselves and their relatives. The surge in scripts has prompted the medical boards in Texas, Oklahoma, Idaho, and several other states to issue emergency guidelines and restrictions on those medicines, whose effectiveness in treating Covid-19 is unproven.
The New York Times
President Trump’s claim that he shut down all travel from China is not true. On Jan. 31, as the coronavirus epidemic raged in China, Trump banned “foreign nationals” who’d recently been in China from entering the U.S., but American citizens who’d been in China continued to arrive on daily flights from that country for weeks.
The Washington Times
The cancellation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which generates 75 percent of the organization’s annual revenue, has forced the association to slash its annual distribution to colleges to $225 million, instead of the expected $600 million. The loss of that money will lead schools to reduce scholarships and funding, and to eliminate some sports entirely.
Jails across the country are releasing low-level offenders for fear of a coronavirus outbreak among prisoners. In Los Angeles County, authorities released 1 in 10 prisoners, including prostitutes, vandals, and shoplifters.