Here’s a fresh round-up of Covid insanity . . .
1. The latest random product that’s having a Covid popularity boost is: CROCS. Sales of Crocs went up 12% last year, which was more than double the growth they’d been predicting before the pandemic. And they’re expecting sales to go up 20% this year.
A spokesperson for Crocs says, quote, “We definitely benefited from consumer casualization” . . . which is corporate speak for “no one wears nice shoes anymore so they’re going with our ugly, easy, comfortable alternative.”
2. A woman in Quebec tried to get around a new Covid curfew by walking another PERSON on a leash . . . because you’re allowed out after curfew to walk a dog. The police gave her a ticket.
3. A Russian gymnast named Daria Shkurikhina, who won a gold medal in 2008, lost her home when she lit a candle . . . her cat knocked it over . . . and she couldn’t smell the smoke because of Covid. Fortunately, she was able to escape.
4. As if this period hasn’t been hard enough on kids, Virginia is considering going to year-round school because kids have fallen behind during distance learning.
5. Flu rates have plummeted this flu season . . . it’s almost like wearing masks, washing hands, and avoiding other people works. From September to December 2019, there were 65,000 flu cases in the U.S. . . . in 2020, there were 1,016.
Of course, the problem is that Covid is much more contagious . . . and since it can spread before people show symptoms, it’s easier to pass along.
6. Two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have tested positive for Covid. These are the first known cases for any great apes.
7. Here are the updated stats on CONFIRMED Covid cases as of last night . . .
New daily cases in the U.S.: 214,683, with 1,964 new deaths.
Total cases in the U.S.: 23.1 million . . . with more than 385,000 deaths . . . and more than 13.6 million who’ve now recovered.
Total cases worldwide: 91.3 million . . . with more than 1.9 million deaths . . . and more than 65.2 million people who’ve beaten the virus globally.