There is a very strong possibility that the global marketplace would be severely impacted by the loss of life and by the tremendous economic damage that a pandemic could create.” – Charles P Carey, Chairman, Chicago Board of Trade (Sikich, 2008)

When a pandemic strikes, the biggest initial impact will be on people. Employees will be taken ill and some may well succumb to the contagion which in turn could have the effect of traumatising fellow workers. There will be those who are too scared to come to work and with an almost inevitable public transport disruption, there will be those who have no means of getting to work. Some may have to look after children, if schools are forced to close, or they may ...

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