Coronavirus Precautions and Pandemic Planning
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- Coronavirus precautions and pandemic planning
What we know about the coronavirus is constantly changing. COVID-19 is a new strain, never seen in humans before. Information about its spread, mortality rates, affected regions, and treatment will be shifting constantly. What we do know, is that pandemics can affect you, your family, and your business in countless ways. Pandemics require preparedness planning and allocation of resources to reduce risks, minimize damage, and protect the health of your family, employees and customers. We’ve created this series of courses to do just that.
- People who want to alleviate the fears around the coronavirus.
- People who want to learn about tips on planning for a pandemic.
- Small business owners who want to train their employees on coronavirus precautions and pandemic planning
Coronaviruses aren’t new to us. There are different types that can present with respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus was first discovered in a group of pneumonia patients who also had contact with a seafood and live animal market. Sometimes these diseases can spread from animals to humans in what the medical community calls a “spillover.” We don’t yet know the origin of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or exactly how it’s transmitted, but we’re quickly gathering information on transmission and symptoms, which we’ll provide in this program. We’ll also discuss ways to prevent infection.
A pandemic is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region. They happen when new diseases emerge that are able to infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way. Pandemics can affect your business in countless ways and require extensive planning and allocation of resources to reduce risks, minimize damage, and protect the health of your employees and customers. In this course, we’ll take a look at how to prepare for a pandemic, including establishing company policies, creating plans for maintaining business operations, and coordinating a communications strategy.
In the event of a pandemic, one of the most important things you’ll need to manage is internal communications with your staff. They may be frightened, worried, or confused about what this event means for both their personal lives and work projects. How are they going to do their jobs? What do you expect of them? Should they come into the office or stay home? And what about your customers? Will their orders be delayed? It’s up to your business to have a plan in place for internal communications during a pandemic, so you can answer all these questions for your staff and customers in a timely manner. In this course, we’ll discuss how to establish a communication team and communication procedures for a pandemic.
Media presence after and during a pandemic crisis is unavoidable. Reporters report, it’s as simple as that. The treatment your company receives by the media and the resulting public opinion, however, is within your control. In this program, we’ll go over some best practices for handling media inquiries in the event that a pandemic outbreak affects your company. We’ll discuss naming a spokesperson, preparing media statements, holding press conferences, and handling interviews. We’ll also cover what should be included in a media kit, how to manage social media, and general tips for communicating with the media.
If a pandemic breaks out in your region of the world, or in a region of the world where you have employees, it could severely impact your staff’s lives and ability to work. What do you do in a situation like this? Luckily, there are some steps you can take in your office to prevent the spread of the illness in question, continue operations as much as possible, and stay in line with public health recommendations. We’ll go over what preventative measures to take to avoid the spread of illness. We’ll also talk about handling sick employees and recommendations for working from home.
Business continuity is the ability to continue to do business regardless of crises, disasters, and other disruptions. Normally these disruptions might be earthquakes, floods, or fires, but pandemics can affect your business in much the same way, even if it’s not happening where you live and work. In this program, we’ll discuss how to assess the potential impact of a pandemic to your business. We’ll go over various disruption scenarios as well as how to create a business continuity plan.
You’ve heard of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, and its rapid spread around the globe. Perhaps one of the first things that came to mind was, “How do I prevent myself and my family from getting the virus?” This program compiles expert advice on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep yourself and loved ones healthy. We’ll talk about how the virus spreads and go over personal and environmental hygiene tips.
The emergence and spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, is a worldwide concern. If you’re not under quarantine, there’s a chance you could be at some point. So it’s important to start collecting items for a coronavirus preparedness kit. This is just like any other emergency kit you might have, like one for a major earthquake in your area or getting stuck in a blizzard in your car. It’s a way to be prepared ahead of time, before there’s a run on supplies. So let’s talk about what your kit should include.
The coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads more easily the more people are grouped together, so you can imagine how busy airports, city buses, and subways pose the greatest risk of infection. The virus is capable of spreading very quickly, and has reached several thousand confirmed cases, most notably in places like Italy, Iran, South Korea, and China. The effects vary from person to person, but of course, you should take every precaution to avoid infection. With all that in mind, let’s talk about travel. In this program, we’ll discuss when to cancel travel plans, proper travel hygiene, and what to do if there’s a quarantine.
There’s a lot of information out there that might make you anxious about a coronavirus pandemic. But while it’s important to be prepared and prevent the virus’s spread as much as possible, it’s also important to keep some perspective. There have been far deadlier viruses that have spread more widely throughout human history, and with the benefit of modern science and medicine, we will do much better than in the past. In this course, we’ll talk through what exactly we know about the virus and any treatment options currently being developed. We’ll also discuss where to find the most accurate, up-to-date information. Lastly, we’ll touch on the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy.