In the U.S., more Americans have received at least one dose than have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.143 million doses have been administered. Coronavirus is a long way from finished. In fact, those disposable gloves are going to remain in high demand for some time. Even with the rapidly accelerating pace of vaccinations—and with hospitalizations and deaths dropping from their peak in January—infection levels are at about 55,000 new cases a day.
As more states are relaxing restrictions on stores, restaurants, and other public places—including schools—increase their allowed capacity in coming weeks and months, the need for gloves will only expand, not diminish. Masks become largely required and employees have made disposable gloves an essential part of their routine. Before we dive back into the water too quickly, remember that the coronavirus is still here, and the need for gloves will remain. Frustratingly, 2021 is shaping up to be another year of short supply, high demand, and uncomfortable prices.