Consumer engagement with travel sites dips with resurgence of COVID-19 cases

COMSCORE: After a catastrophic month of April 2020 for travel brands, we started to see signs of improvement in travel site visits and bookings. Thus far in 2020, May improved vs. April, and June also improved vs. May. However, as news began to intensify in June 2020 about rising COVID-19 cases following state reopenings, we began seeing erosion in our travel site engagement metric. Coronavirus news has only gotten worse over the past couple weeks, and the time consumers are spending on travel sites (engagement) has continued to decline into July of this year.

Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

Associated Press: Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. Activists warn that without stronger attempts to hold political, pharmaceutical and health leaders accountable, vaccines will be hoarded by rich countries in an unseemly race to inoculate their populations first.

How to fix the Covid-19 dumpster fire in the U.S.

STAT News: There’s no point in sugar-coating this. The U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic is a raging dumpster fire. Where a number of countries in Asia and Europe have managed to dampen spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the point where they can consider returning to a semblance of normalcy — friends from Paris just emailed me pictures from their Sicilian vacation — many international borders remain closed to Americans.

121 cruise ships came to the U.S. after March 1. Just 15 didn’t have coronavirus onboard.

 

: Coronavirus sent the cruise ship industry into a crisis that’s still far from over. Even before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the U.S. began warning its citizens to stay off cruise ships to avoid catching the virus. And it turns out it had good reason for doing so: Of the 121 cruise ships that entered U.S. waters after March 1, all but 15 of them had at least one coronavirus case onboard, The New York Times reports via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

US health officials estimate 20M Americans have had virus

Associated Press: U.S. officials estimate that 20 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since it first arrived in the United States, meaning that the vast majority of the population remains susceptible. Thursday’s estimate is roughly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed. Officials have long known that millions of people were infected without knowing it and that many cases are being missed because of gaps in testing.