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 now has had a total of 34,335,239 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 615,232 deaths and 28,436,981 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 177,058,825 total coronavirus cases, with 3,828,480 resultant fatalities, and 161,259,669 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 64.5 percent of the US population age 18 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 54.4 percent being fully vaccinated.

• From the Washington Post this morning:

"States with higher vaccination rates now have markedly fewer coronavirus cases, as infections are dropping in places where most residents have been immunized and are rising in many places people have not, a Washington Post analysis has found.

"States with lower vaccination also have significantly higher hospitalization rates, The Post found. Poorly vaccinated communities have not been reporting catastrophic conditions. Instead, they are usually seeing new infections holding steady or increasing without overwhelming local hospitals.

"As recently as 10 days ago, vaccination rates did not predict a difference in coronavirus cases, but immunization rates have diverged, and case counts in the highly vaccinated states are dropping quickly."