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BRAUN: COVID has changed grocery shopping in a big way

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Mintel Global Market Research noted that COVID has helped break old grocery shopping habits and create new ones.

A recent industry report on the world o’ groceries shows how even the toughest customers to adapt to online grocery shopping — seniors — have done so, many inspired by safety concerns.

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Another change is that COVID will likely keep Gen Z (those aged 18-24) home with their parents a little longer for economic reasons; this is the time for grocers to start creating a positive brand association with that demographic.

Luckily, those young people will remember which grocery chains were mean-spirited enough to take back the extra COVID pay they initially gave frontline workers.

Canada’s aging population means that “senior shopping hours” and other health adjustments made for COVID may continue at grocery stores into the future — even

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Pfizer COVID vaccine ingredients are pretty standard, experts say

Experts say the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech, which was authorized Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, looks pretty standard for a vaccine.

In a letter to the FDA, Pfizer listed the ingredients in its vaccine. They can be organized into four basic categories:

Active Ingredient


  • lipids (0.43 mg (4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 0.05 mg 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 0.09 mg 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and 0.2 mg cholesterol)


  • 0.01 mg potassium chloride

  • 0.01 mg monobasic potassium phosphate

  • 0.36 mg sodium chloride

  • 0.07 mg dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate


Coronavirus updates: Vaccine distribution has begun; FDA officials assure public that Pfizer vaccine is safe

“Nothing too surprising there,” said Dr. Matthew Heinz, a hospitalist based in Tucson, Arizona. “It’s a normal way of packaging up medications for people.”

The only active ingredient in the vaccine is the messenger RNA encoding the viral spike of SARS-CoV-2.

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The COVID effect on work fashion in Charlotte

High heels? No thanks. Pants with zippers? So 2019. In the age of quarantine and remote working, comfort is king in the Queen City.

Like nearly everything in life, Charlotte fashion has been turned on its head during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Zoom calls replacing meetings, couches replacing conference rooms and Netflix replacing nights out, business and formal attire are becoming as passe as handshakes. Instead we are seeing the rise of what the Wall Street Journal dubbed the “business mullet” — formal up top, party down below.

“I’d live in my joggers if I could, and the best part is that I can wear a professional blouse up top during my Zoom calls with clients and no one is the wiser,” said Charlotte business coach, strategist, author and podcaster Jenny Melrose. “Plus I’m able to hop up and be comfortable running an errand or playing with the kids. Comfort

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