Those of you
who are following the Bird Flu threat and are considering my suggestion that
you get your company prepared for telecommuting on a massive basis should take note that time may be short.
pandemic hits (and it may not, but planning would also prepare you for a major terrorist attack or natural disaster) and if you want your company to survive begin planning NOW!
13 deaths have been reported this
An entire family in
with H5N1 all but one are already dead.
This incident illustrates two
vital concerns I have been expressing.
>The World Health
Organizations plan to block a pandemic by rapidly responding to an outbreak
and treating everyone in the area with Tamiflu is bound to fail the Indonesian
government has blocked efforts to learn more about the dying family and now,
three weeks later, six are dead and there is still nothing but denials out of
The likelihood of
a pandemic is increasing. Having seven members of a single family who dont
raise chickens become infected at the same time is a powerful indication that a strain of H5N1 has developed
which can move directly from human to human possibly jumping the final barrier to becoming a
If you are concerned, now is
the time to plan for how your company will operate when half the employees are
out sick and many businesses as well as government services simply stop. That
is what will happen if we encounter another pandemic similar to the one which
hit the world during WWI.
Make plans for telecommuting.
Consider banning anyone other
than essential IT staff from the building(s) so they can operate relatively
safe from infection and keep essential services running for telecommuters.
Consider stocking some
inexpensive N95 filter masks for employees it will make them feel better
about going to work and also provide considerable protection.
No mask will block the virus,
but N95 or N100 grade filters will block the aerosol from coughs and sneezes
which carry the virus.
Also prepare information for
employees this is no more easy to catch than the flu we deal with every year,
it is just much more dangerous if you do catch it.
Hand washing and similar
precautions can prevent many infections.
Unfortunately the current
strain is most deadly to youngsters and those with strong immune systems
because fatalities are mostly caused by healthy immune systems triggering
Cytokine production and consequent lung failure.
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