Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 13 – Shoppers May Not Return to Grocery Stores

By Anna Breuer on 13 September 2020
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An Amazon Go grocery store in New York

As the global number of coronavirus cases was poised to cross the 29 million mark, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released projects that now show that the death toll from the coronavirus in the United States will be 217,000 by October 3.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, said that it will be “well into 2021” before life in the United States begins to resemble life prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic. “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci said Friday in an interview on MSNBC.

Physicians are warning that the polluted air from the wildfires in California and the Pacific Northwest could make people more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Merck said it began testing one of its Covid-19 vaccines on healthy volunteers. The study will take place in Belgium and has begun to dose study subjects.  Meanwhile, AstraZeneca’s vaccine trials are set to resume in Britain after a safety review.

Whole Foods’ CEO believes many shoppers won’t go return to grocery stores after the pandemic and will continue to have their groceries delivered to their homes.  “When things return to normal, there will be a lot of people who don’t go back to shopping in-person,” said John Mackey in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Delta Air Lines said it is making available antimicrobial at airports with automated screening lanes in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York. The bins prevent the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria through the antimicrobial technology.

Low-cost Canadian carrier WestJet said it would offer passengers traveling to Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico coronavirus insurance at no charge. The insurance would cover air and hotel reservations.

Protests in New Zealand against the country’s harsh lockdown measures and penalties for disobedience are growing.  Over 1,000 protesters gathered in Auckland for a “freedom rally” that included a woman who was sentenced to 14 days in prison for leading her three children who had tested negative out of a quarantine facility to attend their father’s funeral.

Meanwhile, luxury goods company Louis Vuitton will offer a face shield with golden studs. “The LV Shield makes for an eye-catching headpiece, both stylish and protective,” the French company said in a statement.

Finally, Amtrak’s CEO, William J. Flynn, urged House lawmakers to provide $4.9 billion for the nation’s passenger railroad, testifying that, absent new funding from Congress, additional cuts to its service and work force would be needed to “stave off bankruptcy.”

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