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Don’t blame covid for the worker shortage

The ranks of American workers are thinning—often because people aged out of the workforce, or never entered it. Their absence could impede the economy’s ability to grow, and make for a less prosperous future. “Your call is very important to us—please stay on the line." Some customer service agents have moved on to more lucrative pastures during the pandemic, but a lot of America’s “missing workers" might never be coming back.

The shift could leave businesses continuing to struggle to find workers in the years ahead, and ultimately slow the pace at which the economy can grow without overheating. The Covid crisis roiled the U.S. job market like nothing before.

First, in the early days of the pandemic, millions of people were suddenly without work, sending the unemployment rate from 3.5% in February 2020 to 14.7% two months later. Then, jobs came roaring back. Not all the workers did, though.

A constellation of factors—fears of contracting and spreading Covid, lingering symptoms, the financial wherewithal provided by several rounds of government relief, lost access to child care and a shifting of priorities set off by the pandemic—conspired to keep people off the job. Even now, and despite economists’ warnings that the country is on the brink of recession, America seems short of workers. At the end of November, the Labor Department recorded a seasonally adjusted 10.5 million job openings, or 1.7 unfilled jobs for each person counted as unemployed.

The highest that ratio got in the 20 years of available data before the pandemic was 1.2. It certainly seems like there are plenty of people still waiting on the sidelines. For December, the Labor Department reported that the labor-force participation rate—the share of the

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Christina Hall questions whether her health issues are 'breast implant related' - dailymail.co.uk
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Christina Hall questions whether her health issues are 'breast implant related'
After removing her eye fillers due to inflammation, HGTV star Christina Hall is starting to suspect that many of her health problems are related to a little known condition called breast implant illness (BII).'Been super exhausted lately so on a kick to get back into my body,' the 39-year-old newlywed - who boasts 1.8M Instagram followers - wrote Saturday.'I've had some unexplained health stuff for years and now I'm considering the thought that this could be breast implant related.' After removing her eye fillers due to inflammation, HGTV star Christina Hall is starting to suspect that many of her health problems are related to a little known condition called breast implant illness (pictured in 2021)Christina shares many of the official listed BII symptoms including joint and muscle pain, adrenal fatigue, brain fog, unexplained skin rashes, dry eyes, and gastrointestinal problems.Other BII symptoms include breathing problems, sleep disturbance, dry mouth, anxiety, depression, headaches, and hair loss - according to breastcancer.org.Hall (born Haack) also claims she suffers from autoimmune issues (Hashimoto's disease, PCOS, Raynaud's syndrome), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, acid reflux, hormone imbalances, and swollen lymph nodes.In addition, the Anaheim-born blonde - who's 'working on detoxing' - recently tested positive for antinuclear antibodies despite being gluten free and mostly dairy free. The 39-year-old newlywed wrote Saturday: 'Been super exhausted lately so on a kick to get back into my body.
20 most common Covid symptoms as cases surge by 30% across the UK - dailystar.co.uk - Britain
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20 most common Covid symptoms as cases surge by 30% across the UK
READ MORE: Will Liz Truss last longer than Daily Star's 60p lettuce takes new turn as bookies reactPreviously experienced ailments are not necessarily a good guide, as the various strange often present different symptoms.Here are the top 20 symptoms that Brits with Covid are currently experiencing and should watch out for, according to the ZOE Symptom Tracker:Sore throat - 63.55%Runny nose - 53.04%Headache - 53.02%Blocked nose - 52.47%Cough no phlegm - 52.06%Sneezing - 47.02%Cough with phlegm - 45.79%Hoarse voice - 43.86%Muscle pain aches - 29.46%Fatigue - 22.97%Dizzy light headed - 21.11%Altered smell - 19.82%Swollen neck glands - 17.72%Eye soreness - 16.41%Chest pain tightness - 16.26%Shortness of breath - 15.9%Loss of smell - 14.45%Earache - 13.96%Chills or shivers - 12.98%Joint pain shoulders - 11.08%On Friday, official data from the Office of National Statistics revealed that 1.7million Brits currently have the bug.That marked an increase from 1.3million last week.There are an additional 235,829 daily symptomatic cases according to figures from the team at ZOE.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.With testing no longer free, fewer people are seeking clarification as to whether their illness is Covid or not.With a sore throat being the most common symptom, there is a high chance that could represent a Covid infection – although without testing it is impossible to know and it could be a cold, flu, or even a rarer infection like laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat or glandular fever.Health chiefs have advised anyone feeling unwell with potential Covid symptoms to steer clear of elderly friends and relatives.Director of Public Health Programmes at the UK
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