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 82,789,716 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,019,008 deaths and 80,547,402 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 510,875,118 total cases, with 6,249,072 resultant fatalities and 464,089,256 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.5 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 66.1 percent are fully vaccinated … and 45.7 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a vaccine booster dose.

•  The New York Times reports that "the common perception that nearly everyone in the U.S. seemed to have been infected with the omicron variant in the winter might not have been far from the truth. By February, nearly 60% of the population had been exposed to the coronavirus, almost double the proportion seen in December 2021, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … The new research suggests that three out of four children and adolescents in the United States had been exposed to the coronavirus by February 2022, compared with one-third of older adults.

"While some studies suggest that prior infection offers a weaker shield against the virus than vaccines do, exposure to the virus should provide a reasonable degree of protection against severe illness, at least in the short term."