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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 current US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  85,241,016 total cases … 1,029,524 deaths … and 81,764,911 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  529,174,295 total cases … 6,304,150 fatalities … and 499,694,572 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.8 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 66.6 percent are fully vaccinated … 46.6 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a first vaccine booster dose … and 26.3 percent of the US population age 65 and older has received a second vaccine booster dose, while 20.5 percent of the US population age 50 and older has received the second booster shot.

•  From the New York Times this morning:

"One in five adult Covid survivors under the age of 65 in the United States has experienced at least one health condition that could be considered long Covid, according to a large new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Among patients 65 and older, the number is even higher: one in four.

"In an indication of how seriously the federal health agency views the problem of long Covid, the authors of the study — members of the C.D.C.’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Team — recommended 'routine assess­ment for post-Covid conditions among persons who survive Covid-19.'

"Long Covid is the term used to describe an array of symptoms that can last for months or longer after the initial coronavirus infection. The researchers identified post-Covid health problems in many different organ systems, including the heart, lungs and kidneys. Other issues involved blood circulation, the musculoskeletal system and the endocrine system; gastrointestinal conditions, neurological problems and psychiatric symptoms were also identified in the study.

"In both age groups, Covid patients had twice the risk of uninfected people of developing respiratory symptoms and lung problems, including pulmonary embolism, the study found. Post-Covid patients aged 65 and older were at greater risk than the younger group of developing kidney failure, neurological conditions and most mental health conditions."

It seems to me that this CDC study ought to be enough to create greater momentum for vaccinations and booster shots.  And yet, the numbers hardly move from day to day, as we become complacent about the continuing threat of Covid-19, or tired of hearing or reading about it, or continuing to deny its seriousness and the need for aggressive public health policy to deal with it.