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Not All Recessions Are the Same. Here's What Could Happen to the Economy and Markets

By Staff
Friday, May 13, 2022 12:04 AM When you look at job openings relative to the number of unemployed individuals we're certainly in uncharted territory here. I've never really seen it like this in my lifetime.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of May 2-8, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, May 2-8, at a rate of 3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 19) when compared with last year and 13 points above 2019. Gross revenue during Week 19 of 2020 was 62 index points below Week 19 of this year at a level of 50 index points, gradually emerging from the pandemic-related low of 14 index points it had reached during Week 15 of 2020, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Here's What the White House's Grim Coronavirus Warning Means for You

By Staff
Thursday, May 12, 2022 12:04 AM Because this virus is much more manageable … people are much more complacent. I understand that; we are going onto year three. People want to go back to enjoying the life they knew before this pandemic. At the same time, it's important that people realize we are still in a pandemic. … That is the reality. And it's not just shaped by what's happening here in the U.S. It's shaped by what’s happening around the world.

MyVision Survey Reveals New Insights into How Pandemic Has Affected Consumer Vision Behavior and Attitudes

By Staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:26 PM The COVID pandemic has led to a growing number of eye issues over the last two years which have been identified in a newly released consumer survey conducted by MyVision.org, a group of expert ophthalmologists and optometrists whose purpose is to provide trusted information on eye health and vision. Yesterday’s Data Feed featured some key findings from MyVision’s survey. Here are some additional highlights.

Driving, in general, is already dangerous, but what MyVision found about drivers with poor eyesight is especially concerning. One out of three drivers say they’ve driven with an outdated eyesight prescription.

MyVision Study Reveals Eye Issues Related to Pandemic

By Staff
Monday, May 9, 2022 12:50 PM The COVID pandemic has led to a growing number of eye issues over the last two years, according to the results of a new consumer survey conducted by MyVision.org, a group of expert ophthalmologists and optometrists whose purpose is to provide trusted information on eye health and vision. The organization polled more than 1,121 people who wear glasses and/or contacts to get feedback on their eye health and eye habits throughout the past few years.

COVID Increased 50 Percent Among TSA Employees After Mask Mandate Lifted

By Staff
Friday, May 6, 2022 8:46 AM COVID-19 infections have increased 50 percent among Transportation Security Administration employees in the 2 weeks since the federal mask mandate was lifted.

How Parents’ Views of Their Kids’ Screen Time and Social Media Use Changed During COVID-19

By Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2022 11:03 AM When Pew Research Center fielded a survey of U.S. parents at the beginning of March 2020, they knew the conversation around children and technology was at the forefront of many parents’ minds. Yet no one knew just how relevant that conversation would become in the months ahead. In April 2021, the Center followed up with many of the same parents they surveyed in March 2020 to check in on their children’s use of technology and social media during the pandemic.

Here is a closer look at what these parents had to say about their young child, including how the experiences they reported in 2021 compared with their responses from 2020.

In April 2021, about eight-in-ten parents of a child who was age 11 or younger at the time of the first interview (81 percent) said their kid ever used or interacted with a tablet computer—even if just to watch videos or listen to music—up from 68 percent in March 2020. About seven-in-ten (71 percent) said the same thing about their kid’s use of a smartphone, up from 63 percent the year before. And 51 percent of parents with a young child said their child used a game console or portable game device in 2021, up slightly from 2020.

Parents increasingly expressed worry about the amount of time their child was spending on devices. When asked about screen time in April 2021, a quarter of all parents of a young child said that their child spent too much time on a smartphone; about the same share (23 percent) said their child spent too much time playing video games; and about one-in-ten (8 percent) said the same about time on social media sites.

Latest COVID Subvariants Create New Waves, Evade Immunity

By Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2022 8:06 AM As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations begin to increase again in the U.S., public health officials are monitoring several new Omicron subvariants that are contributing to the case numbers.

COVID Americas Cases Up, North American Cases Up for 5th Week, PAHO Says

By Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2022 8:02 AM COVID-19 cases in the Americas increased by 12.7 percent last week from the prior week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, as infections continued to rise in Central and North America.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of April 25-May 1, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, April 25-May 1, at a rate of 1 index point. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 18) when compared with last year and 13 points above 2019. During 2020, however, with pandemic-related, mandated shutdowns in effect, gross revenue was at a level of 26 index points. That’s 83 points below Week 18 of this year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Living Expenses Are the No. 1 Financial Stressor Among U.S. Adults

By Staff
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 1:06 PM The No. 1 biggest source of financial stress among U.S. adults for the month of March was managing living expenses, with 27 percent being most concerned about the cost of necessities like groceries, gas and utilities, according to a recent feature in eMarketer. Saving, investing and planning for the future were the second biggest stressor, cited by 19 percent, while managing debt was No. 3, with 13 percent calling it their primary financial worry.

Just 18 percent of U.S. adults felt very secure about their financial situation in March, weeks after the consumer price index hit a 40-year high. That month, 27 percent said they were financially worse off than before the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 20 percent in April 2021. As global unrest and supply chain snags continue to drive up the cost of living, many U.S. consumers are facing an uncertain financial future.

Second COVID-19 Boosters Face Lack of Enthusiasm

By Staff
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 8:06 AM Over half of practicing U.S. doctors are prepared to recommend a second COVID-19 booster shot for eligible patients, even though only 36 percent of doctors believe that current evidence supports that fourth dose, a recent survey shows.

Carnival Cruise Ship Passengers Say COVID Overwhelmed Ship

By Staff
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 8:02 AM SEATTLE—Passengers on a Carnival Cruise Ship that docked Tuesday in Seattle say more than 100 people aboard the ship tested positive for COVID-19 and the ship was overwhelmed.

Paxlovid Doesn't Prevent Infection in Households, Pfizer Says

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2022 8:02 AM Paxlovid works as a treatment for COVID-19 but not as a preventive measure, particularly if you've been exposed to the coronavirus through a household member who is infected, according to a new announcement from Pfizer.

Fauci Clarifies 'Out of the Pandemic Phase' Comment as Experts Agree

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2022 8:06 AM Turns out it was just a phase. As the nation's top infectious disease expert, what Anthony Fauci, MD, says carries considerable weight, and his statement that the U.S. was “out of the pandemic phase” Tuesday made national headlines.