Last Updated Apr 27, 2009 3:12 PM EDT
That's not the news U.S. hospitality and tourism industries need to hear with the summer travel season just around corner. This new virus, if it expands, is likely to have all kinds of similar unwelcome effects on business. Are you prepared?
Harvard Business Review has just re-released its 2006 report Preparing for a Pandemic (written at the time of the avian flu), which is chock-a-block full of useful advice for thinking about and preparing for the worst.
Articles in the collection include:
A New Type of Threat: Preparing for the Disruption of Global Business
Preparedness: Pandemic Planning Checklist for Businesses
Modeling: Visualizing Your Vulnerabilities
As HBR puts it, the swine flu "may be relatively mild and quickly contained -- or it could explode into a deadly pandemic that closes borders, severs supply chains, shuts down businesses and kills thousands... Companies need to be sure they have plans in place for the worst case."
That's not alarmism, just good business planning.