Coronavirus

Why Outdoor Enclosed Dining is as Risky as Indoor Dining

Since the start of the pandemic, readers of this magazine have seen stories with headlines that included “Why Indoor Dining is So Risky” and “How to Dine Outdoors Safely.” As outdoor temperatures in many parts of the world begin to fall, and restaurateurs who are only permitted outdoor dining adapt their al-fresco ad hoc dining rooms to compensate, dining under the stars may end up being as risky as dining in …

American, United Airlines Begin Flights to Support Distribution of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

American, United Airlines Begin Flights to Support Distribution of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

American Airlines and United Airlines are putting the wheels into motion to distribute Pfizer’s new Covid-1i vaccine.
Because the Pfizer vaccine must be kept at -94° F (-70° C) during transport, although the pharmaceutical manufacturer said it can be kept at 36° F to 46° F (2° C to 8° C) for a maximum of five days in refrigeration units at hospitals.  Pfizer has developed what is calls “thermal shippers” which …

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Health officials in Los Angeles County issued a temporary and limited stay-at-home order that goes into effect Monday, as the number of new coronavirus infections continued to rise in the region.
“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the county Department of Health said in a statement.
The county’s …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 27: Europe Begins to Ease Restrictions, Germany Tightens Them

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 27: Europe Begins to Ease Restrictions, Germany Tightens Them

Europe is trying to figure out how to loosen coronavirus restrictions without setting the stage for another surge.
“We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, told lawmakers in Brussels earlier this week. “Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas.”
The number of new daily …

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Walt Disney Company said it will lay off an additional 4,000 employees in addition to the 28,000 announced last September as it announced a $6.9 billion loss for fiscal year 2020.
The action comes as theme parks continue to face significant operational restrictions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic has caused some Disney parks, such as Disneyland in Anaheim, to remain shuttered while others such as Walt Disney World …

Despite Warnings, 50 Million People Traveled This Thanksgiving

Despite a raging pandemic and a warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to travel, approximately 50 million people began the trek over the river and through the woods, hopefully not to grandmother’s house, a figure that was only five million fewer than last year, according to data from the Automobile Association of America.
The CDC issued its warning last Thursday.  On Friday, over one million people …

Delta Plans ‘Quarantine-Free’ Flights from the U.S. to Italy

Delta Plans ‘Quarantine-Free’ Flights from the U.S. to Italy

Delta Air Lines announced plans to offer “quarantine-free” flights from the United States to Italy, opening up a route closed by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus earlier in the year.
The program, for which Delta is partnering with Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, involves three coronavirus tests, namely a PCR, or polymerase chain reaction test, 72 hours prior to departure, a rapid test at the airport in Atlanta …