The U.S. this week broke a single-day record, with more than 160,000 new coronavirus cases. According to some media sources, the biggest culprit is local businesses.
Large gatherings at restaurants, gyms, bars, cafes, and other heavily trafficked indoor venues accounted for 80 percent of new infections from March to May, according to a new analysis published Nov. 10 in the journal Nature, which used cellphone data from 10 U.S. cities. The correlation of people attending events at restaurants and bars and social gatherings (weddings, family events, anniversary events, etc.) is not defined in the report.
The analysis further showed that infection rates were higher in lower-income communities, as the study’s authors noted that work demands likely had a hand in people’s increased mobility.
The State of Illinois is leaning to a more strict stay-at-home policy, it is unclear if or when more state-by-state restrictions are coming, this data probably will influence how officials respond to the latest wave of the virus cases and deaths. A total lockdown could result in a slew of business closures, especially if it’s not accompanied by a long-awaited round of federal small-business stimulus money. For any other scenario, business owners are hoping their crisis-era planning will get them through the uncertainty of the coming months.