business news in context, analysis with attitude

Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  In the United States, there now have been 32,927,091 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 587,384 deaths, and 25,521,913 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 149,335,227 cases, with 3,148,855 resultant fatalities and 126,986,727 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 54.2 percent of people in the US 18 years of age or older have been vaccinated at least once, with 37.3 percent having been fully vaccinated.

•  Axios reports that the CDC has updated its guidance on mask wearing, saying that "fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors" without them.

According to the story, "Vaccinated people can unmask while:  Doing physical activities outdoors alone or with members of your household like walking, running, hiking or biking … Attending a small outdoor gathering either with fully vaccinated people or a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated people … Dining at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households."

"CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community, so it is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family and your community before venturing out without a mask," CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in prepared remarks.

Previous guidance for "vaccinated people indoors and traveling still applies."