The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus that broke out in China and which has killed an estimated 1,000 people in mainland China. Additional cases have been confirmed elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
In such uncertain times, it can be easy to lose sight of what is truly important in this pandemic and that’s your own health. It’s important to remember to do your part to prevent the spread by washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and staying home. Your mental health is also just as important. It’s vital to practice self-care during COVID-19 because being alone in your home can be damaging to your mental health. Staying at home is necessary for the world to recover from the pandemic but your mental health shouldn’t take a hit because of it.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to WHO.
Eight patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the UK government. “If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country,” said a government statement.
A senior IRM member from a Charitable Health Foundation has shared some of the issues risk managers may face in considering any response to the growing spread of the virus. Issues of potential concern include:
A practical response to the situation can be put in place by taking the following steps:
With factories in China closing in an effort to contain the wider spread of the virus, technology companies could be particularly hard hit, according to the Financial Times. It reported that Chinese authorities had closed the world’s largest Apple iPhone factory with a possible knock-on effect for the release of a planned new model of the best-selling phone. Companies with large concentrations of manufacturing output based in China may review their supply chains, the paper said. Others may be looking to hire services similar to the janitorial services Tyler TX available to help ensure that the workplace environments are kept clean and disinfected during these trying times.
Gartner has outlined several potential supply chain risks for businesses, including: