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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…

•  Here are the current US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  34,174,752 total cases … 611,611 deaths … and 28,025,575 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  172,963,233 cases … 3,718,849 fatalities … and 155,691,082 reported recoveries.  (Source.)


•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 63 percent of the US population has received at least one dose of vaccine, while 52 percent has been fully vaccinated.


•  Axios reports that "The U.S. averaged roughly 16,500 new cases per day over the past week, a 30% improvement over the week before. New cases declined in 43 states and held steady in the other seven.

"The official case counts haven't been this low since Americans went into lockdown in March last year — when inadequate testing meant that cases were undercounted.  The U.S. has finally gotten the virus down to fewer than 20,000 cases per day, spread across 331.5 million people."

The bottom line, Axios writes, is that "the vaccines work."

From the very beginning, Dr. Fauci said the goal had to be to get the daily case level below 20,000.  That's been my benchmark as I look at and report on the daily numbers.  The sound you hear is a deep sigh of relief.


•  The New Yorker has a piece entitled "The Age of Reopening Anxiety," which looks at the emotions experienced as people start to embrace real-world activities again.

An excerpt:

"For many, the transitional period has been a little bumpy. A report by the American Psychological Association, published in March, 2021, found that almost half of Americans surveyed felt 'uneasy about adjusting to in-person interaction' after the pandemic. The numbers did not change among the fully vaccinated. Nearly half of adults said that they did 'not feel comfortable going back to living life like they used to before the pandemic.'

"After a lonely year, in-person socializing feels both exciting and alien, like returning to your home town after a long while away. Will everything still be there? Will you have any friends left? Will you have anything to say? Conversation, even on a bar stool, feels creaky and unpracticed. The joints need oiling."

You c an read the entire piece here, and it offers nsights that may be valuable as one begins to engage with co-workers and customers.