This course will provide participants with a full understanding of the threats and issues that are synonymous with pandemics. It will take account of both the business and human aspects of this threat while not just considering businesses in isolation, but as part of a greater supply chain. Participants will learn how to evaluate and formulate the content of a pandemic plan for their own organizations. No prior knowledge of pandemics is required.
In 2003 the life-threatening novel Coronavirus that became known as SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) caused what was described as a global economic tsunami. It cost the tourist industry alone an estimated US$50 billion along with around 3,000,000 job losses. The virus was already spreading across the globe even before the World Health Organization (WHO) knew of its existence. The WHO subsequently issued an unprecedented global warning with an unambiguous message – this new mystery virus presented a threat to everyone on the planet.
Today, in 2020, the world is witnessing a second rapidly spreading deadly novel Coronavirus currently referred to as (COVID-2019). The number of people infected during the first few weeks since its emergence has already substantially exceeded those infected over several months by SARS-CoV in 2003. You, your organization and its employees should be prepared to face the multifaceted threat presented by a pandemic.
Organizations that are unprepared to face the inevitability of a pandemic are at risk. A pandemic is far more than just about absenteeism caused by illness. In fact, it presents organizations with a multi-faceted threat capable of affecting just about every aspect of their business and crippling their operational ability. Even organizations located in parts of the world that has not have been directly affected by a contagion may still find supply chain failures that become major issues.