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… 

•  In the United States, there now have been a total of 89,731,799 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,043,879 deaths and 85,389,870 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 556,558,114 total cases, with 6,364,767 resultant fatalities and 530,925,445 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 78.3 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 66.9 percent is fully vaccinated.  The CDC also says that 47.3 percent of the total US population has received one vaccine booster dose, while 27 percent of the 50+ population and 33.7 percent of the 65+ population have received the second vaccine booster.

•  Axios reports this morning that Covid was the third-leading cause of death in the US during 2020 and 2021, "accounting for 1 in 8 lives lost."

Only heart disease and cancer claimed more lives during that time, the story says.

Axios adds that "the virus exacted a huge human toll even after vaccines became widely available. It indirectly affected other causes of death, including heart attacks and strokes, in part by discouraging some Americans from seeking care."