Why are Covid-19 cases spiking in Chile?

Chile, a country of 19 million on the Pacific coast of South America, had gotten a head start on vaccines by making agreements with pharmaceutical companies only months into the pandemic. By the beginning of this year, Chile had reached one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, while other countries in the region had yet to get any vaccines.
As of Wednesday, Chile had a vaccination rate of 38.94 per 100 people, only behind Israel (61.58) and the United Kingdom (47.51). In terms of vaccination, it is ahead of the United States (36.13), according to data published by Oxford University’s “Our World in Data” database.

Yet the pandemic has hardly abated. Last week, Chile broke records on its number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic on two consecutive days: 8,195 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 9,171 on Friday. And even though the number … Read More

Cardboard box prices skyrocket as COVID-19 pandemic causes spike in online orders

The value of the humble cardboard box is on the rise, with demand for deliveries and online shopping not slowing down as the coronavirus pandemic nears an end.

Materials needed to make cardboard boxes, called corrugate, cannot be produced quickly enough, and facilities like Welch Packaging in Elkart, Indiana are feeling the impact of triple the work and not enough supplies.

“We’re operating three shifts, full time,” Welch Packing Vice President Andy Reith told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock. “And we run about eight million square feet every day.”

In 2020 alone, the industry produced more than 407 billion square feet of corrugated material due to heightened demand – enough to completely cover the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.

AMAZON SCORES RECORD SALES FOR ANY THREE-MONTH PERIOD EVER

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Reith explained that the bottleneck holding back

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Pennsylvania TSA officer praised for making COVID-19 vaccine appointments for local seniors

Unlike online shopping or social-media skimming, this TSA officer’s late-night hobby is doing a world of good.

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer in Pennsylvania has been praised by her employer for dedicating her free time to making coronavirus vaccine appointments for at-risk seniors in her local area. The generous volunteer even drives some of the seniors to their appointments on her days off, and takes them out for ice cream.

Donna LaMonaca’s mission began when she helped some elderly relatives secure appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine because they didn’t have computers. From there, family members asked if she could help schedule appointments for their other older friends.

Donna LaMonaca’s mission began when she helped some elderly relatives secure appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine because they didn’t have computers.

Donna LaMonaca’s mission began when she helped some elderly relatives secure appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine because they didn’t have computers.
(Donna LaMonaca)

SWEDEN PAUSES ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINES

In the last three weeks, LaMonaca has set over 50 vaccine appointments for seniors

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The Impact of E-Commerce on Small Business During COVID-19

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually all aspects of our daily lives. Zoom meetings have replaced conference room gatherings. Kids attend classes from kitchen tables. Family movie nights are likely to involve a first-run film streamed to a television, not a trip to the local cinema.

The retail sector certainly has felt the upheaval of the pandemic. But despite what some may think, not all of the news is bad. Retailers have found new ways to connect with, and serve, customers, particularly through e-commerce. Retail sales numbers for Q3 and Q4 2020 prove that customers are willing to spend both on line and in stores — but their expectations for the shopping experience have changed.

In order to keep pace with this new reality of retail shopping (which isn’t going to revert back to pre-pandemic norms even when COVID-19 is in check), retailers

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