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 a total of 33,947,189 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, with 605,208 deaths and 27,606,442 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 168,572,518 coronavirus cases, with 3,501,271 resultant deaths, and 150,118,659 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 61.6 percent of the US population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 50 percent has been fully vaccinated.

•  There's an excellent piece in The New Yorker entitled "The Beginning of the End of the American Pandemic," that looks at what the future may hold for the country as the pandemic recedes.

An excerpt:

"The shift toward reopening is not without risk. The first issue is timing. Less than half of Americans have received even one shot of a covid-19 vaccine, and only around four in ten have been fully vaccinated. This means that the majority of the country remains susceptible to infection and disease. Meanwhile, the pace of vaccinations has slowed: in April, the U.S. was routinely vaccinating about three million people per day, but the daily average is now nearly two million. It’s unclear whether the new guidance will encourage or deter unvaccinated Americans from getting immunized."

Some are choosing not to be vaccinated, and some have not yet had access to vaccines.  Regardless, The New Yorker writes, "until now, unvaccinated people have been shielded from high levels of viral exposure by government mandates and social norms that have kept their friends, neighbors, and colleagues masked and distanced, to varying degrees. But, in the coming weeks, those protections will likely erode. For unvaccinated Americans, this could be the most dangerous moment in the pandemic. In most contexts, there is no reliable mechanism for verifying who has and hasn’t been vaccinated. Inevitably, against the C.D.C.’s advice, many unvaccinated people will resume normal life, too, threatening their own health and that of others."

You can read the entire piece here.

•  If stores are going to no longer require masks … a decision that I'm not entirely comfortable with at the current rate of vaccinations in the US … there are ways to send a positive message.  Like this one, affixed to the door of a local independent retailer in my town: