Coronavirus COVID-19 Business Continuity Plans for USA Clients SAM★INK® Updates January 28 2020, 1 Comment
Good News! Coronavirus dies within one (1) hour at 30°C weather outside the human body.
On 22th-Feb-2020 and 34°C, Singapore has 86 cases with no widespread communal transmission.
Since 2nd-January-2020, we continue to ship USA, UK, and Deutschland clients.
I have ramped up business continuity plans to minimize operational risks:
- Human resource management. I am the Flu Manager who ensures leadership continuity in the event of the absence of key decision-makers. We are conducting regular temperature screening at least twice a day. We have canceled or deferred organizing non-essential large-scale events. We are looking out for respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, and deny entry to unwell individuals. We ensure that the company premise is ventilated and adequately equipped with facilities for handwashing. We have increased the frequency of cleaning commonly used areas and maintain a registration list of visitors. So far no workers at our workplace have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.
Process and business functions. I've deployed Team A and Team B employees for different work schedules. Team A and Team B are physically segregated to avoid the risk of infections between teams. We have cross-trained workers and established covering arrangments. Visitors are denied entry into our workplace.
- Supplier and client management. I've identified essential suppliers and service providers and are discussing continuity issues with them. I've identified essential clients and ensure that we can meet their needs. I've broadened our base of suppliers.
- Communications. I'll update suppliers, service providers, and clients on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually infect animals but can sometimes evolve and spread to humans. Symptoms in humans include runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, which can progress to body aches, chills, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
SARS had an incubation period of up to seven (7) days. COVID-19 has an incubation period of up to fourteen (14) days.
COVID-19 is different from SARS in two ways. First, the transmission mechanism of COVID-19 is closer to H1N1 or influenza than to SARS. COVID-19 is infectious when the symptoms are mild. With our mild symptoms, we sometimes let our guard down - we continue going out even though we don't really feel well, and that's how the virus transmits. When you look at the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, 10% to 20% of the world's population contracted the illness. In Singapore alone, more than 400,000 people got ill from H1N1.
Second, COVID-19 is much less severe, dangerous, or lethal than SARS. About 10 percent of those who caught SARS died. With COVID-19, outside of Hubei province, the mortality rate is so far only 0.2 percent. In comparison, seasonal influenza has a death rate of 0.1 percent. The WHO has 17,000 patients, and they found that 82 percent of patients have mild symptoms, 15 percent have severe symptoms, and three percent have critical symptoms. So in terms of mortality, the COVID-19 is much closer to influenza than SARS.
I am confident in the medical outcome of this outbreak. Most people, under the Singapore weather, should remain well, and of those who get ill most should expect to recover. Among those that have been hospitalized so far, most are stable or improving. Several have already recovered and been discharged.
At this point, your travel history plays the biggest role in determining whether you have flu or cold-like symptoms versus the coronavirus. If you haven't traveled to Wuhan China, you're likely in the clear.
Two tips to keep in mind: keep hands washed and stay away from anyone who is sick.
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Sam Leong BSc MSc MBA.
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