What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify this outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing emergency signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or bluish lips or face should immediately seek medical attention.

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Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC urges citizens to monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

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Recent 2022 2021 2020

White House Effort to Stave Off Fall COVID Surge with New Boosters Faces Uphill Battle
The Hill  |  August 28, 2022

The White House is rushing ahead to roll out a new COVID-19 booster shot campaign in early September, but is facing an uphill battle to ensure it is successful. The vaccines being used in the campaign are the first ones that have been manufactured to specifically target the subvariants of omicron that are currently causing the most infections, and administration officials have indicated they’re preparing to start offering the shots shortly after Labor Day.

Pandemic Housing Boom Hits a Wall With U.S. Buyers Priced Out
Bloomberg  |  May 24, 2022

The U.S. pandemic housing boom, marked by record price gains and coast-to-coast bidding wars, is finally reaching its limit. The Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hikes are starting to cool the overheated housing market, one of the central bank’s key goals as it tries to tamp down inflation. 

Bank Balances Surged During COVID Even as Pandemic-era Stimulus Ended
CNBC  |  May 23, 2022

Bank of America’s account holders saw strong growth in their balances during Covid and have yet to spend down their pandemic-era stimulus money, CEO Brian Moynihan said. Bank balances have grown monthly since last July, Moynihan said, predicting that people “probably” won’t start spending down their stimulus check-boosted accounts right now.

Total U.S. Cases of COVID Could More Than Double Late This Year, White House Warns
Fortune  |  May 8, 2022

The U.S. could see 100 million COVID infections this fall and winter—and potentially a sizable wave of deaths, the White House warned this past week. The country has so far seen nearly 82 million cases of COVID since the pandemic's beginning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control—though the actual case count is undoubtedly much higher, experts say. Regardless, a wave of 100 million would more than double the country's all-time reported total.

Office Demand Comes Roaring Back as Stocks in the Space Play Catch-up
CNBC  |  May 3, 2022

If you’re not back to the office already, you may be soon. After a five-month lull, likely due to the extremely contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus, new demand for office space jumped in March. Barring another major setback in the pandemic, it will likely continue to rise, but offices themselves will undergo a makeover as demands from workers change.