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, we've now had a total of 33,044,068 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 589,207 deaths, and 25,641,574 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been as total of 151,240,633 coronavirus cases, with 3,182,093 resultant fatalities, and 128,650,078 recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 54.9 percent of Americans 18 years of age or older have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination, and 38.4 percent have received their full dosage.

• The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that "as more Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19 and as rules on social distancing are relaxed, interest in activities such as travel and live entertainment is starting to recover, new data on app usage suggest.

"Trends seen from a range of sources, including information on active users of a variety of consumer apps as estimated by the data tracker Apptopia, indicate that those factors, along with warming weather, federal aid dollars and a general desire to get out of the house, are helping some consumer and social activities approach pre-pandemic levels."