Many people are slipping into an extended state of pantslessness as the number of companies shifting to a work-from-home approach continues to rise.
Indeed, in comments to reporters this week from Walmart's executive vice president of corporate affairs Dan Bartlett, it was pointed out that sales of tops have seen an increase amid COVID-19 containment practices while sales of bottoms are said to not be enjoying the same boost.
"In one of your previous segments you were talking about people with Zoom, and doing those types of conferencing: We're seeing increased sales in tops, but not bottoms," Bartlett told Yahoo Finance on Thursday. "So, people who are concerned, obviously, from the waist up. These behaviors are going to continue to change and evolve as people get accustomed to this new lifestyle, if you will. And we're able to accommodate that, both online and in our stores."
A Walmart spokesperson reaffirmed Bartlett's bottoms assertion in a separate report to CNN, clarifying that the boost for tops is seen in data culled from sales in the U.S.
While some have been fortunate enough to make the smooth transition to a work-from-home lifestyle, and others had adapted to this method prior to the virus taking hold, many more have been affected by COVID-19 in a more direct way. On Thursday, the Department of Labor announced that unemployment claims had hit a historic high of 3.28 million during the week ending March 21.