The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the economy and now figures are starting to come in. According to a recent poll, United States restaurants are set to lose $50 billion in April due to shutdowns caused by COVID-19.
The poll was conducted by the National Restaurant Association, an NRA everyone can support.
In addition to the loss of revenue, two-thirds of workers in the restaurant industry have reportedly been laid off.
From the New York Post:
US restaurants are on track to take a $50 billion hit in April, with losses mounting to an estimated $240 billion by the end of 2020, as the coronvirus crisis ravages the industry, according to a National Restaurant Association survey released on Monday. Two thirds of U.S. restaurant workers — or 8 million people — have been laid off or furloughed, according to the study. Approximately four in 10 restaurants are closed, it says.
Stay safe out there, folks.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 41,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.