Party of the people.Nearly half of Black small businesses had been wiped out by the end of April as the pandemic ravaged minority communities disproportionately, according to a report from the New York Fed.Below, mentally retarded old man Joe Biden uses the only argument his dying brain can remember -- "Come on, man!" -- to explain why people should continue to be prisoners in their own homes.
Black-owned businesses were more than twice as likely to shutter as their white counterparts, the report found.
"Nationally representative data on small businesses indicate that the number of active business owners fell by 22% from February to April 2020�the largest drop on record," the report said.
"Black businesses experienced the most acute decline, with a 41% drop. Latinx business owners fell by 32% and Asian business owners dropped by 26%."
A total of 3030 participants were randomly assigned to the recommendation to wear masks, and 2994 were assigned to control; 4862 completed the study. Infection with SARS-CoV-2 occurred in 42 participants recommended masks (1.8%) and 53 control participants (2.1%). The between-group difference was −0.3 percentage point (95% CI, −1.2 to 0.4 percentage point; P = 0.38) (odds ratio, 0.82 [CI, 0.54 to 1.23]; P = 0.33). Multiple imputation accounting for loss to follow-up yielded similar results. Although the difference observed was not statistically significant, the 95% CIs are compatible with a 46% reduction to a 23% increase in infection.Seem like rather weak evidence for the efficacy of masks, if they might lead to a 23% increase in infection.
Wombat-socho has Rule 5 Sunday: Santa Upton humming along at The Other McCain.