States Reopened, but Covid-19 Fears Threaten to Keep Consumers Away



Texas, Iowa and Mississippi were among the first states to fully reopen businesses this year, ending shutdown orders intended to curb the spread of Covid-19.

But research suggests the dormant economies won’t immediately blossom—unless consumers also lose their fear of the coronavirus.

So far, about 40 million Americans, or 12% of the population, have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 73 million, or about 22% have received at least one shot.

Author(s): Jo Craven McGinty

Publication Date: 19 March 2021

Publication Site: Wall Street Journal