Tag: Infectious Diseases

More than 3 million people have died of COVID-19 and more than 140 million have been infected

The global death toll from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 3 million on Saturday and the case tally rose above 140 million, a day...

Get ready for stock buybacks to roar back

U.S. corporations ranging from financial powerhouses to technology titans also have been stockpiling cash as a ballast against the COVID-19 storm. Investment-grade companies ended 2020...

Oil prices mixed even as China data points to strong rebound for demand

Oil futures were trying for a fifth straight gain Friday but were presently seeing lackluster trade as investors weighed a strong economic report from China...

Johnson & Johnson saga reveals critical strengths in the U.S. COVID-19 mass-vaccination strategy — and its weaknesses

The United States campaign to reach herd immunity through vaccination involves a delicate — sometimes tricky — dance with side effects, public opinion and virus...

Tech shares rise but Dow under pressure as U.S. pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine rollout

U.S. stocks were trading mixed Tuesday morning after U.S. public-health agencies requested a temporary halt in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID vaccine...

The streaming wars have a winner — in this real estate sector

Hollywood was running out of studio space even before the pandemic hit. Now after a stay-at-home year, appetite for streamed entertainment, including original content, is...

Travel and leisure top list of corporate credit ratings in flux during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only been disrupting lives and businesses around the world for more than a year, but also the credit ratings of...

‘We shouldn’t be complacent’: Suicide deaths fell during the 2020 pandemic — but why?

Preliminary estimates suggest that suicide deaths declined amid the unprecedented mental-health and economic challenges last year. But experts are urging against complacency — and raising...

Unlike previous downturns, women are bearing the brunt of the COVID recession — here’s why

It’s not just in the U.S. — across the world, the pandemic-induced recession has had a disproportionately negative impact on women in terms of employment. ...

10 countries where vaccinated Americans are allowed to travel and over-the-counter, 15-minute COVID-19 tests are coming to a store near you

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Oil prices fall as U.S. data show hefty rise in gasoline supplies

Oil prices headed lower on Wednesday, with gasoline futures leading the losses in the sector as traders parsed U.S. government data showing a more-than-3-million-barrel decline...

Asian-American tech leaders rally against wave of hatred: ‘We don’t deserve to live in fear in our own country’

Debby Soo was in a grocery store in Stratham, N.H., last weekend when she realized she didn’t have her credit card. “So I was trying...

SoftBank snaps up $2.8 billion stake in Norway robotics firm

Japanese investment giant SoftBank has agreed to pay $2.8 billion for a 40% stake in Norwegian warehouse automation company AutoStore. SoftBank SFTBY, +4.87% will buy...

U.S. COVID vaccine program speeds up to about 3 million doses a day in the past week

The U.S. COVID-19 vaccine program continues to kick into high gear, setting a record Saturday of more than four million doses administered, although experts continue...

Dow set to rise over 200 points in stock market’s first trading day after Good Friday jobs report

Futures for stock benchmarks Monday morning headed higher, suggesting a solid open for equities in the first full week of April as U.S. investors get...

PwC lets U.K.-based staff choose start times — and clock off early in the summer

PwC has told its U.K. based staff they can spend around half their working hours at home after the COVID-19 pandemic ends — and clock...

Don’t laminate your COVID vaccination card before doing these 5 things

More than a dozen states are opening COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults this week, which means more Americans could soon be getting some form of...

What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine passports — and the ‘double privilege’ dilemma they raise for society

Neil Schwartzman is used to getting vaccines in order to travel to exotic parts of the world such as the Great Rift Valley of Kenya...

Americans ready to pour $40 billion into bitcoin and the stock market as stimulus checks arrive: survey

Another round of stimulus checks could provide a shot in the arm for stocks and, especially, bitcoin, according to a survey released Monday by Mizuho...

‘A life-changing achievement’ — what the $1.9 trillion COVID bill means for families with kids

America’s families with children are one step closer to a cash infusion that could potentially lift millions of kids out of poverty and be the...

Under $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, jobless Americans who earned less than $150,000 last year will save an average of $1,000 in taxes

This time, it’s different. Unlike the first two COVID-19 stimulus packages, the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package adds tax relief onto another round of federal...

COVID brought us a year of epic uncertainty — but here’s what I know for sure

How are you? It’s been quite a year. It’s exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus public-health emergency a “pandemic.” Looking...

WHO declared a pandemic one year ago today

One year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, more than 118 million cases of the coronavirus-borne illness have been confirmed around...

Dow set to add modestly to record climb after weekly jobless claims hits 4-month low

Stock-index futures traded higher Thursday, signaling further gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average a day after the blue-chip gauge closed at an all-time high....

These teens are having fun in today’s stock market, and, for the most part, making money — here are the secrets to their early success

A year ago, as the stock market buckled under weight of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and many investors dived for cover, Christon “The Truth” Jones...