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…

•  Here are the US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  70,544,862 total cases … 883,903 deaths … and 44,047,799 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  343,734,241 total cases … 5,595,480 fatalities … and 275,190,944 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 75.3 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 63.2 percent is fully vaccinated … 39.3 percent has received a vaccine booster shot … and 53.2 percent of the total US population that is eligible for a booster shot has not received one.

•  The Washington Post this morning reports that "unvaccinated adults aged 65 or older who contracted the coronavirus were 49 times more likely to require hospitalization than seniors who had received booster vaccine doses, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Unimmunized adults in that age group were also 17 times more likely to be admitted to hospital than those who had received either two shots of a mRNA vaccine or one Johnson & Johnson dose. Meanwhile, unvaccinated people between 50 and 64 years of age were 44 times more likely to need hospitalization compared with their boosted counterparts."

•  The Sanatoga Post reports that "Redner’s Markets, which operates 13 local grocery and convenience store locations and more than 50 others across Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, has again temporarily raised the wages it pays hourly employees for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic … the increase offers an extra $1 per hour worked for all front-line staff, it reported. A potential end date for the temporary increase was not mentioned."