What’s the proper distance to stand from Sen. Mitch McConnell? How many PowerPoint charts is too many? And when will Theranos get its day in court?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First. STAT D.C. correspondent Nicholas Florko calls in to discuss President Trump’s move to freeze funding for the World Health Organization and other surreal headlines coming out of the Capitol this month. Then, our colleague Casey Ross joins us to explain the practice of contact tracing and how technology might help keep tabs on the spread of coronavirus. Later, Mike Huckman, a veteran of PR and pharma reporting, joins us to share some dos and don’ts when it comes to presenting data at a virtual conference. Finally, we discuss how the pandemic has delayed the summer’s most-anticipated drama: Elizabeth Holmes’ fraud trial.

For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak; here’s the news on the WHO; and here’s more on Theranos.

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