Tag Archives: COVID-19

How some small businesses have survived the Covid pandemic without them

The storefront of Mark Shriner’s small business, The Coffee House, in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Courtesy: Mark Shriner Mark Shriner needed help. It was spring 2020, and his coffee shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, was at risk as the Covid-19 pandemic forced small businesses like his to close their doors. So he …

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How the U.S. is trying to fix its at-home Covid testing problem

The latest Covid-19 wave during the busy holiday travel season caught the U.S. flat-footed when it came to one key tool in its pandemic-fighting arsenal: at-home rapid tests. “In the United States, we haven’t had federal guidance on how to make testing a regular part of your daily life or …

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How The North Face is moving to compete with Patagonia

The global outdoor apparel market is a $12 billion industry. For more than a half century The North Face has competed in the space, outfitting mountain climbers and skiers. But the outdoor recreation brand is now hoping to become a big player in the $185 billion streetwear market as well. …

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More than two-thirds of omicron cases are reinfections, study suggests

People cross London Bridge during the morning rush hour in London, Britain on Jan. 24, 2022. Tim Ireland | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Omicron has almost completely replaced the previously dominant delta variant of Covid-19 in England, a new study has found, with the vast majority of cases …

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Covid vaccine skepticism fueling wider anti-vax sentiment, doctors say

Protestors demonstrate against Covid vaccine mandates outside the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York, on January 5, 2022. Mike Segar | Reuters Skepticism toward Covid-19 vaccines could be fueling a “worrisome” rise in broader anti-vax sentiment, doctors have said. Professor Liam Smeeth, a physician and director of the …

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Singapore says it’s ready for 2022 travel demand when it returns

There are “encouraging signs of recovery” in Singapore’s tourism sector, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. Visitor arrivals reached 330,000 and tourism receipts reached an estimated $1.9 billion Singapore dollars ($1.4 billion) in 2021, according to data published today by the nation’s tourism board. These numbers, however, are down from …

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How to get free at-home Covid tests with your health insurance

luza studios | E+ | Getty Images Private health insurers are rolling out their procedures for people to get their at-home Covid tests at little to no charge. The Biden administration announced the policy toward the end of last year ordering insurers to reimburse those they cover for the tests, …

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What’s driving the spike in air rage incidents

There were more than 5,700 reports of air rage on U.S. airlines in 2021 compared with a typical year of about 100 to 150 cases. The surge in problem flyers is causing headaches for carriers, passengers and airline employees.  “Unfortunately I’ve been able to see two of these in person …

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Covid pandemic at a ‘critical juncture,’ WHO’s Tedros says

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images Conditions are ripe for Covid-19 to mutate into more new variants, and it is dangerous to assume the pandemic is approaching its endgame, …

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Why Moderna, Pfizer and the NIH debate who owns the Covid vaccine

It’s been well over a year since a landmark proposal brought the issue of patent waiver for the mRNA Covid vaccine to the spotlight. But many observers don’t see that waiving the intellectual property (IP) rights on Covid vaccines is an effective way to put a stop to the pandemic. …

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