May 11, 2020

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 456 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: 🐦 Twitter will warn users when a tweet contains disputed or misleading information about the coronavirus. (AP)

1 big thing: The powerful in hiding

Jared Kushner and Adm. Brett Giroir, the federal official overseeing testing, wear masks at the White House during President Trump's news conference this afternoon. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

More than a month after recommending Americans wear face masks in public, the White House is taking up its own advice.

Why it matters: Not even the West Wing — which now tests people once a day to prevent President Trump from being exposed — is immune from this contagion.

  • "The request does not apply to offices, however, and President Trump is still unlikely to wear a mask or face covering, aides say. Vice President Pence was spotted on the grounds of the White House on Monday without a mask, and it is unclear if aides will wear masks in the Oval Office." (WashPost)

Between the lines: The White House memo, which describes masks as "an additional layer of protection," is a change of course for the West Wing, where few had been wearing masks.

  • In an interview for "Axios on HBO" that airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT, Pence said the administration would be listening to the White House doctor on the issue. See a clip.

The big picture: A growing cadre of those running the coronavirus response are now doing their jobs from quarantine.

  • Three top health officials are in quarantine, including Anthony Fauci, CDC director Robert Redfield and FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn — all in self-isolation after coming into contact with people who may have been exposed.
  • So is Sen. Lamar Alexander, who will remotely chair a hearing this week with Fauci, Redfield and Hahn.
  • Pence's press secretary Katie Miller, who is married to Trump aide Stephen Miller, tested positive last week.
  • One of Trump's valets also tested positive a day prior.

The bottom line: Might as well get a comfortable and reliable face mask now, we'll be wearing them for a while.

Bonus: Cover du jour

The New Yorker's stark cover for the Class of 2020:

Artist: Anita Kunz for The New Yorker
2. Catch up quick
  1. States latest: Iowa governor to follow "modified quarantine" after White House visit — New York to open certain low-risk businesses statewide this week.
  2. Public health latest: CDC finds 5,000 more deaths in NYC than official coronavirus toll — FDA grants emergency use authorization for Abbott coronavirus antibody test.
  3. Business latest: How the push against large PPP loan recipients moved the program's goalposts.
  4. ⚾️ Sports latest: MLB owners send plan for July start to players' union.
3. 1 helpful thing
Goop fashion director Ali Pew poses in Los Angeles. Photo: Oliver Clark/ AP

Loungewear is having a moment, AP reports.

  • Why it matters: “It’s something you would traditionally wear on vacation at the beach, but now it translates to something that’s easy to wear around the house or on an afternoon walk,” said Goop fashion director Ali Pew.

Among the examples:

  • ASOS said sales of its not-so-basic tracksuits in premium fabrics, special washes and with elevated sleeve details are up 200%.
  • Net-a-Porter's track pants were up more than 1,300%.

The big picture: Edited, a retail data company, said tracksuits and matching sweatsuit sellouts were up 70% in April compared to February.

  • Sweatpants were up almost 80% in April, the company said.