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…

• The United States Covid-19 coronavirus numbers to date:  33,476,781 total cases … 595,812 deaths … and 26,439,712 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  159,032,809 total cases … 3,308,358 fatalities … and 136,607,073 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  Bloomberg reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said yesterday that "there’s 'no doubt' the U.S. has undercounted its number of deaths from Covid-19, which now stand at over 581,000.

However, Fauci also said "that a University of Washington analysis published May 6 that the true toll is probably over 900,000 is 'a bit more than I would have thought'."

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 58 percent of people in the US age 18 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 43.8 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  From the New York Times this morning:

"Early in the pandemic, there was hope that the world would one day achieve herd immunity, the point when the coronavirus lacks enough hosts to spread easily. But over a year later, the virus is crushing India with a fearsome second wave and surging in countries from Asia to Latin America.

"Experts now say it is changing too quickly, new more contagious variants are spreading too easily and vaccinations are happening too slowly for herd immunity to be within reach anytime soon.

"That means if the virus continues to run rampant through much of the world, it  is well on its way to becoming endemic, an ever-present threat."