retail 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 US, we've now had 33,369,192 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 594,006 deaths and 26,105,411 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 156,797,599 total coronavirus cases, with 3,272,244 resultant fatalities and 134,189,295 reported recoveries.   (Source.)


•  Axios reports on a new analysis by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation concluding that "COVID has caused twice as many deaths around the world as have been reported … The U.S. has undercounted by over 300,000 deaths, according to the analysis. Death tolls in India and Mexico — second and third on IMHE's list — were found to be nearly three times the official numbers."

The reason?  "Many deaths from COVID-19 go unreported because countries only report deaths that occur in hospitals or in patients with a confirmed infection," the study says.

In addition, Axios writes, "Many countries have weak health reporting systems, and some - including Russia - have narrow definitions of what they call a COVID death."


•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 57 percent of US adults 18 years of age or older have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 41.9 percent fully vaccinated.


•  Fox News reports that "a new COVID-19 vaccine study out of Israel claims the Pfizer jabs are effective against variants, according to a new study published in a medical journal.

"Two shots of Pfizer/BioNtech's vaccine delivered more than 95% protection from infection, severe illness and death, the Israel Ministry of Health reported in The Lancet."