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The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2 at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 40) when compared with last year, equal to the same period in 2020, and 11 points above 2019. All optical sales categories, except one, were down last week when compared with the previous week. The contact lenses category experienced the only increase last week, by 4 index points.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 19-25, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept. 19-25, at a rate of 2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 11 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 39) when compared with last year, 2 points above the same period in 2020, and 13 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories, except one, were up last week when compared with the previous week.

Billionaire Wealth Soars During the Pandemic

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:57 AM According to a new report by Swiss bank UBS, the combined fortunes of billionaires around the world have soared despite the coronavirus pandemic. The event has proven to be an accelerator of change for billionaires and their businesses, according to the authors, which see tech billionaires and those ready to lift their fortunes into the digital age as the winners of the current state of the world.

The U.S. and China saw the biggest absolute wealth increases for billionaires between mid-2019 and mid-2020, with $660 billion and $490 billion added to the wealth of the ultra-rich, respectively. The highest percent increases were recorded in France (+47 percent), China (+41 percent) and Brazil (+38 percent).

Billionaire wealth rose by 27 percent to $10.2 trillion between the beginning of April until the end of July of this year alone. Click here to read the full story from Statista.com.

ECPs and Optical Retailers Adjust Costs, Note Supply Chain Issues in Latest Q3 Jobson ECPulse Survey

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Monday, September 26, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Even as staffing challenges continue for many ECPs, economic pressures including inflation and business costs as well as ongoing supply chain issues were among the concerns within the second ECPulse Survey conducted in September 2022 by Jobson Optical Research. Some 80 percent of the ECPs surveyed said they noticed that patients are trying to save money due to inflation. Concurrently most noted a change in their traditionally "busy" months in terms of patient traffic.

COVID Still Kills, but the Demographics of Its Victims Are Shifting

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 7:56 AM As California settles into a third year of pandemic, COVIS-19 continues to pose a serious threat of death. But the number of people dying—and the demographics of those falling victim—has shifted notably from the first two years.

Should I Time My COVID Booster?

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:06 AM Bivalent COVID booster appointments are now readily available, but some Americans are delaying their shots in a bid for maximum efficacy.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 12-18, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept. 12-18, at a rate of 17 index points, regaining much but not all of the decline of -21 index points it experienced the week prior due to the Labor Day holiday. That places gross revenue at a level 10 points above where it was at this point in time (Week 38) when compared with last year, equal to the same period in 2020, 13 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

We're Increasingly Disconnected and That Has Consequences

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:56 AM You brought your computer home from work “for 2 weeks” in March 2020 and stayed home for 2 years. Schools went virtual. Club meetings got canceled. Gyms closed. Friends and family became off-limits. Remember avoiding other people on the street? It’s gotten better since the outbreak, but we’ve remained in relative isolation far longer than expected.

The Most Common Side Effects of the New Bivalent COVID Booster

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:56 PM The anticipated side effects are really exactly what would be expected to occur after the previous vaccinations.

Biden Says 'Pandemic Is Over'

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Monday, September 19, 2022 7:56 AM President Joe Biden said the COVID-19 pandemic is "over" during impromptu remarks on CBS's 60 Minutes , which aired on Sunday night.

Are Doctors Getting Their COVID Boosters?

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Monday, September 19, 2022 6:06 AM Now that bivalent Omicron BA.4/5 COVID boosters are becoming more widely available, MedPage Today asked about a dozen physicians if and when they're planning to get the latest COVID shots.

Report Details 'Massive Global Failure' in Response to COVID-19

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Monday, September 19, 2022 6:06 AM The Lancet Commission called for a major overhaul to the World Health Organization (WHO) and global health policy following the estimated deaths of more than 17 million people worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased Substantially for the Week of Sept. 5-11, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Saturday, September 17, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased substantially by -21 index points last week, Sept. 5-11, as a result of the Labor Day holiday occurring at the beginning of the period being tracked. That places gross revenue at a level 10 points above where it was at this point in time (Week 37) when compared with last year, 3 points above the same period in 2020, but 10 points below 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

CDC Says 44 Percent of People Hospitalized With COVID Had Third Dose or Booster

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Monday, September 12, 2022 7:56 AM Almost half the people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 last spring had been fully vaccinated and received a third dose or booster shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Unvaccinated adults were 3.4 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than those who were vaccinated, the CDC said.

Low Testosterone May Raise Risk of COVID Hospitalization

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Sunday, September 11, 2022 7:56 AM Among men who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, having low levels of testosterone may increase the risk of hospitalization from the disease―but hormone therapy appears to reduce the likelihood of severe COVID, researchers have found.