H1N1 Virus: Prevention Is Better Than Cure!

Are we well prepared our companies, hospitals and nursing homes? According to the RKI (Robert-Koch-Institut), about 27,000 diseases with 3 deaths are now registered in Germany. And according to information of the WHO and the CDC now million illnesses and about 2,600 deaths with severe respiratory disease on the H1N1 virus can be attributed in the United States. The global spread so far 191 countries is probably difficult to stop. Precautionary measures are justified even though experts strongly advise not to underestimate this flu variant for months, again there are voices in the population as well as in the media which speak of fear-mongering, excessive precautionary measures, excessive excitement or even Geschaftsmacherei. Seeping effect the infectious diseases how mild so far, it says: “why all the fuss”? The virus strikes but shaft with full hardness in a 2nd or 3rd, without having taken appropriate precautionary measures, then it says: “why was no longer done”? So how it is made, it seems to be always wrong. It is in any case better to prepare for the worst, to hope for the best and nothing happens – as away to unprepared in a disaster. Of course nobody can assess at the moment exactly the course, and the impact of this pandemic, but the situation of the rapid global spread of the H1N1 virus in only 6 months shows the urgent need for action and certainly justifies the precautionary measures.

The State, the health authorities but also social and business associations have a responsibility towards the people, members and stakeholders. Prevention is better than cure! Internal emergency plans to minimize the human and economic impact of the world is so interconnected as never before and experts are some that no later than the H1N1 virus a virus dangerous to humans could mutate with the start of seasonal influenza in the autumn/winter season. This could spell the end for many businesses and companies. Especially in the middle class, but also in hospitals and care facilities there are serious deficits in emergency planning. It threatened interruption of business operations when approximately every second employee ill, must provide members or remotely remains the workplace out of fear, and a personnel shortfall of 30-40% can cope with today probably no company. For nursing homes, for example, this would mean the absolute emergency care.

In addition, the disease-related failure of suppliers threatened business. Transport and logistics companies can work in a very limited and the supply can be in many places to the succumb to come. All resources are available very limited. Almost 70 percent of companies are affected by production cuts and supply problems in such a case. In view of the current situation, experts urge better preventive measures by internal emergency plans in companies, hospitals as well as in social and community facilities. Only with good They meet the requirements and responsibilities of precautionary measures; Employees, customers, visitors and guests and minimizes the human and economic impact on the entire operation. For more information see: and