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… 

•  The US now has had 96,716,573 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,073,295 deaths and 92,706,128 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 611,565,277 total cases, with 6,507,774 resultant fatalities and 589,265,613 reported recoveries.  (Source.)



•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 79.2 percent of the total US population now has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 67.5 percent. being fully vaccinated.  The CDC also says that 48.5 percent of the total US population has received a first vaccine booster dose, with 34 percent of the 50+  population and 41.2 percent of the 65+ population having received a second vaccine booster shot.



•  The Wall Street Journal reports that "U.S. health authorities plan to recommend that people get Covid-19 boosters once a year, starting with the new shots now rolling out, a shift from their current practice of issuing new advice every several months.

"The annual cadence would be similar to that of flu shots, White House officials said Tuesday, though elderly people and those with weakened immune systems may need more frequent inoculations.

"A shift to annual Covid-19 boosters would be a departure from current practice and comes after many people in the U.S. have ignored calls to get a first or second booster, partly due to fatigue with repeat inoculations."

Never have understood the whole "fatigue with repeat inoculations" thing, if only because I think it would be a lot more exhausting to get seriously ill.  I'd rather do whatever I can to a) prevent myself from getting Covid, b) reduce the impact of Covid in the event that I do get it, and c) be responsible for trying to keep the people with whom I come into contact safe and healthy.