8/2 Update:

The historic SpaceX Dragon returned to Earth after launching into space back in May. All astronauts onboard landed safely in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Florida.

Real GDP decreased by nearly 33% during Quarter Two of 2020, according to the US Department of Commerce. The contraction signals one of the worst reports on record.

John Hopkins University reported New York remains substantially higher in coronavirus deaths compared to recent case spikes in Florida and Texas. A large portion of the deaths are believed to be associated with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s controversial policy that mandated nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients.

TikTok, a popular social media platform, is in danger of being banned in the US. The news comes after US Officials feared of the platform’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party and allegations of espionage. However, Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the US operations of the software.

Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, called for students to return to class for in-person learning this fall. The announcement is in line with US President Donald Trump’s push for schools to reopen.

Yale professor Dr. Harvey Risch advised that potentially a hundred thousand lives could be saved if Hydroxychloroquine became more widespread in fighting Covid-19. The drug has long been used to treat malaria, and is being used in other countries worldwide for Covid-19. However, it remains a political issue in the US.

Kathy Sullivan who was the first woman to walk in space, made a historic dive (at age 68) to Challenger Deep. She has now become the first woman to reach the deepest known part of the ocean.