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 United States, we've now had a total of 42,140,103 Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 680,274 deaths and 32,062,905 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 226,177,513 coronavirus cases, with 4,654,317 resultant fatalities and 202,835,279 reported recoveries. (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 73.9 percent of the US population age 12 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 63.1 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  The New York Times reports that "hospitals in the southern United States are running dangerously low on space in intensive care units, as the Delta variant has led to spikes in coronavirus cases not seen since last year’s deadly winter wave.

"One in four hospitals now reports more than 95 percent of I.C.U. beds occupied — up from one in five last month. Experts say it can become difficult to maintain standards of care for the sickest patients in hospitals where all or nearly all I.C.U. beds are occupied.

"In June, when Covid-19 cases were at their lowest level, less than one in 10 hospitals had dangerously high occupancy rates."