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 82,488,517 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,017,093 deaths and 80,309,804 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 507,117,374 total cases, with 6,232,808 resultant fatalities and 459,522,579 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.4 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 66 percent are fully vaccinated … and 45.5 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a vaccine booster dose.  The CDC also says that 49.6 percent of booster-eligible US residents have actually received a vaccine booster dose.

•  The US Department of Justice, at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has filed an appeal of a Florida federal court judge's ruling that overturned the government's pandemic-related mask mandate for airports, airlines and other forms of mass transportation.

The Justice Department, however, has not asked for a stay of the judge's ruling.  The CDC's mask mandate was scheduled to end in early May anyway, and the appeal on its own wouldn't add to current confusion but would seek to preserve the CDC's lawful authority to protect public health through such measures.

The right thing to do, and the right way to do it, I think.  The CDC exists to protect the public health and create effective and timely public policy that deals with such issues.  Its prerogatives ought to be protected, and I hope that as this case makes its way through the courts, that will be the eventual outcome.  I remain astounded when I get the occasional email from readers suggesting that the CDC has gotten everything wrong, that masks are not helpful, etc…. My feeling is that the CDC has gotten more right than wrong, that it seems to have done its best under tough circumstances, and that it is far more credible on matters of science than politicians and partisans.  If the CDC had not taken the actions it took, there would be a lot more dead people and the healthcare system would be in far worse shape.  That much seems incontrovertible.