COVID-19 Safety App
Make it safer for employees to return to work
Keep your children busy with fun and educational activities during their time at home.
Where are we now?
World Health Organisation
With Covid-19 spreading globally across every continent, WHO characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
What does this mean?
A Pandemic is “an outbreak of a new pathogen that spreads easily from person to person across the globe”.
This is essentially the highest level classification that can be used to describe a disease outbreak under the International Health Regulations.
What are the implications?
The WHO’s announcement does not formally trigger any new funding, protocols or regulations
- It is an acknowledgement of the disease spreading across several continents
- While the word may evoke fear, it describes how widespread an outbreak may be – not its deadliness
- The last time the WHO declared a pandemic was during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu, and it triggered aggressive actions such as millions in spending to buy vaccines.
Responding to COVID-19
- Enact business continuity and crisis teams in affected areas.
- Communicate awareness and monitoring to employees, key third parties and customers.
- Consider implications of and tolerance levels for high absenteeism on critical processes.
- Balance service delivery.
- Ask functional leaders to reconsider 2020 forecasts.
- Increase liquidity and financial backstop.
- Implement employee awareness campaign on personal hygiene.
- Assess key third parties for resiliency in the face of high absenteeism.
- Establish a plan for handling the backlog of work once you are back to “normal.”
- Implementation disruptions of key strategies and priorities.
- Reputational damage from misinformation about the organisation’s response to COVID-19.
- Short-term over reactions by functional leaders.
- Difficulties with working capital availability.