Experts-COVID News

Florida faces new challenges during hurricane season in light of COVID-19

Dr. Jack Nicholson – Every year, Florida is faced with the start of the North Atlantic Hurricane season on June 1 that lasts until the end of November. This year, however, is different. The world is in a pandemic for the first time in practically everyone’s lifetime. This could have a significant impact on how Floridians prepare and recover from a hurricane event. For one thing, social distancing is difficult in a hurricane shelter.

Mining time-sensitive data on businesses efforts to instill consumer confidence

Dr. Noyan Ilk and Dr. Guangzhi Shang – The survival of businesses impacted by social distancing relies not only on cash infusions in the short-term, but also on reviving the consumer demand for their products/ services in the long-term. Reviving consumer demand is especially important for avoiding a total economic collapse at a macro-level after the imminent threat of the pandemic has been overcome (Shefrin 2020) …

Scammers seeking to profit from fraudulent COVID-19 cures and treatments

Chad Marzen - There is no known cure for COVID-19 but, according to Chad Marzen, that hasn’t stopped opportunists from looking to capitalize off people’s fears.

COVID-19 related changes by IRS are more favorable for taxpayers

Nate Wadlinger – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has granted broad relief for tax filing and payment deadlines that fall between April 1 and July 15, 2020. While the IRS has extended various dates for filing at earlier times since the Presidential Declaration of an Emergency on March 13, 2020, Notice 2020-23, the most recent promulgation by the IRS, grants automatic relief to affected taxpayers, meaning they do not have to file extensions or send documents to the IRS to obtain relief.