Recent disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19, the Zika virus, Ebola (Zaire strain), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), bring to light a critical threat that should be proactively addressed. They underscore the importance of effective outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic planning and response to minimize and mitigate employee and operational risk and reduce social and economic disruptions. Planning and response must include financial and business resilience measures and the ability to quickly react and adjust to changing scenarios.
COVID-19 continues to spread globally. The virus generally presents symptoms similar to a cold or flu; in some cases, it has proven fatal. Organizations must prepare for potential and actual impacts on their people, operations, and business as a delay could mean significant consequences later.