The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is out with new guidelines for dealing with the H1N1 "swine" flu this fall, and the news is grim.
Imagine that ten percent of your employees are too sick to come to work on any given day. Imagine that cumulatively, 40 percent of your workforce could be absent for as many as three to four months. Imagine that the other businesses you rely on are facing the same massive absentee rates.
Imagine there's no workers, it isn't hard to do. No trains, no subways. And no suppliers, too.
Even though death rates from this flu are not much worse than with seasonal flu (so far) and even though vaccines are on the way, the government's key takeaway is repeated here. If you feel sick, stay home.
Here are shorter versions of the Chamber guidelines:
The latest WHO death toll on this flu is 3,486, up 281 from a week ago. The vast majority of deaths are still in the Americas. And the WHO folks don't call it "swine" flu anymore.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com