Tag: Infectious Diseases

Fear of new virus variant pushes U.S. toward more genomic sequencing

The United Kingdom’s use of genomic sequencing to identify a more infectious strain of SARS-CoV-2 has largely served as a wake-up call for inadequate use...

Biden’s ‘rescue America’ plan is big. How its trillions could help both Wall Street and Main Street

As Americans hunker down and wait to get vaccinated, the toll of the coronavirus pandemic keeps rising. Its costs, both in lives and livelihood, prompted...

U.S. stocks close lower for the week after release of big bank quarterly results, Biden aid plan

U.S. stock benchmarks closed the week on a down note Friday, with the three major indexes registering their largest one week drop since October 30,...

Biden promises 100 federal vaccination centers by end of his first month in office

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday offered details about his plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccines, as he promised 100 vaccination centers set up with the...

‘We’re asking that people be patient’: Booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is a shot in the dark for many

Linda Briggs’ husband was born in 1943, which meant that she had to click more than 930 times to enter her husband’s date of birth...

COVID-19 has caused real financial pain. So why did consumer bankruptcies drop in 2020?

By many measures, the pandemic induced all sorts of financial stress last year. But consumer bankruptcy cases — a way to address financial pain and...

Facing a more quickly spreading coronavirus, Brits are traveling more during the current lockdown than in March

The coronavirus situation in the U.K. is far more pervasive now than in March when the country first locked down. When U.K. Prime Minister Boris...

Not just snacks: Albertsons says customers make more trips to buy fresh products

Snacks have proliferated in American grocery baskets during COVID-19. But Albertsons Cos. ACI, +0.12%Inc. says customers are also visiting its stores to stock up on...

Pharma industry warns against interfering with COVID vaccine shot intervals

U.S. and European pharmaceutical industry organizations on Wednesday urged governments not to extend the delays prescribed by COVID-19 vaccine developers between the first and second...

Why this country is vaccinating its working-age adults before the elderly

Countries across the world have begun vaccination drives, mobilizing to protect their elderly and most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19. Indonesia, however, is adopting a different...

The U.S. must tap this powerful tool to loosen the COVID-19 vaccine logjam

One key to unlocking the logjam of COVID-19 vaccines is in plain view but so far overlooked: the neighborhood retail pharmacy.  As of Monday,  9...

European markets tread water as COVID-19 fears weigh on stimulus hopes ahead of earnings season

European indexes traded around flat on Tuesday, with COVID-19 infections and lockdown measures remaining top-of-mind in Europe as expectations continue that massive fiscal stimulus is...

Icy streets and packed metros: Madrid digs out from historic snowstorm in midst of pandemic

MADRID — So the COVID-19 pandemic is making your life complicated? Hold my extra-frosty cerveza, was the message Storm Filomena delivered to Spain over the...

Why do I need to wear a mask if I’ve had COVID-19? Who is it protecting? Can I really be reinfected?

Dear Moneyist, Why do I need to wear a mask if I have already had COVID-19? I can’t infect anyone, and I can’t be infected...

Will the Tokyo Olympics go on? Japan declares a state of emergency

The future of the Tokyo Olympics is in question after Japan declared a state of emergency due to increasing COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, over 7,000...

Biden administration to extend student loan payment pause on Day 1, transition officials say

Once in office, President-elect Joe Biden will extend the coronavirus-era payment pause on student loans, a member of his transition team told reporters Friday.  “On...

Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against U.K. and South African COVID-19 strains, study finds

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to provide protection against the new highly contagious U.K. and South African variants, according to a...

Financial sector set for best day in 2 months as Georgia results spark bond-yield pop

Bank stocks were breaking out on Wednesday, led by a rise in rates that was rippling throughout financial markets. But the move in benchmark government...

Europe hopes next COVID stimulus will be the last

With England and Scotland moving to their third blanket lockdowns and most of Europe tightening their COVID-related restrictions, the attention of governments throughout the region...

Dow futures edge lower after stocks see first decline to start a year since 2016

The main U.S. stock benchmarks on Tuesday were pointing lower after equities registered their first losses to open a new year since 2016 on Monday,...

There are ‘early signs’ of a jobless recovery — but they aren’t evident across the board, economist says

As coronavirus vaccines are beginning to roll out to some Americans, a jobless recovery is beginning to mount. At the height of the pandemic in...

4 money lessons from 2020 to help you plan for a solid retirement in 2021

In 2020, we saw a pandemic cause world-wide city shutdowns, market volatility, deaths, derail plans for travel, celebrations, family visits and even retirement.  Many Americans...

U.S. economy may have lost jobs in December for first time since earliest stages of coronavirus pandemic

The U.S. economy stumbled toward the finish line as 2020 ended, with the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic slowing, putting it in danger of losing...

Are January store sales under threat as consumers switch to online in a dire year for shops?

It is known as the golden quarter — the three months before the end of the year are make or break for retailers in the...

Is the stock market open? Here are the market hours on New Year’s Eve and Day

Wall Street on Thursday is looking forward to a farewell to a pandemic-stricken year in the last trading day of 2020. U.S. stock markets, energy...