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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 US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  43,942,335 total cases … 709,119 deaths … and 33,394,833 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:   233,186,563 total cases … 4,771,696 fatalities … and 209,935,091 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 75.3 percent of the US population age 12 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 64.8 percent being fully vaccinated.

The CDC numbers also show that just 64.4 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 55.4 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  CNBC quotes Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as saying that "vaccinating children against Covid is a crucial step in changing the way many Americans view the coronavirus going forward."

"“I think the reason why a lot of people are overestimating the risk of coronavirus, or are still worried about it even if they’re vaccinated ... is because the kids are still vulnerable,” he says, adding, “Once adults are able to vaccinate their kids, the anxiety about getting a breakthrough infection — knowing that you’re probably not going to get very sick, your odds of getting very sick are very low if you’re vaccinated, but you could bring it back into the house — I think that’s going to start to resolve."

Gottlieb went on:  "We’re going to evolve to a place where this is an endemic virus where this becomes a way of life, or a fact of life, if you will. It’s going to be an evolution. It’s not going to happen overnight … It’s going to be when we can vaccinate the children, when the prevalence declines, when the hospitalizations and deaths start to decline, and they will. They will on the back end of this delta wave."

•  From Bloomberg:

"American men lost 2.2 years of life expectancy last year because of COVID-19, the biggest decline among 29 nations in a study of the pandemic’s impact on longevity.

"Deaths among working-age men contributed the most to declining lifespans in the U.S., according to research led by demographers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford. Only Denmark and Norway, who have excelled at controlling their outbreaks, avoided drops in life expectancy across both sexes, the study published Sunday in the International Journal of Epidemiology found."