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Empower your teams to be productive while staying safe & healthy.
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.