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…
•. Here are the US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers: 34,275,783 total cases … 614,007 deaths … and 28,278,394 reported recoveries.
The global numbers: 175,682,366 total cases … 3,790,435 fatalities … and 159,236,459 reported recoveries. (Source.)
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 64 percent of the US population 18 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 53.4 percent is fully vaccinated.
• A sobering note from the Wall Street Journal:
"More people have died from Covid-19 already this year than in all of 2020, according to official counts, highlighting how the global pandemic is far from over even as vaccines beat back the virus in wealthy nations.
"It took less than six months for the globe to record more than 1.88 million Covid-19 deaths this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The university’s count for 2021 edged just ahead of the 2020 death toll on Thursday.
"These numbers underscore how unevenly the pandemic spread around the globe, often hitting poorer nations later, but before they had access to the vaccines that have benefited Europe and the US … While Western nations such as the U.S., Canada and the U.K. celebrate low caseloads and declining deaths thanks to mass vaccinations, the intensified pandemic in parts of Asia and Latin America propelled global deaths higher.
In other words, the pandemic ain't over.