H1N1 Virus and Continuity Planning

The New England Journal of Medicine has provided a map which shows confirmed cases of Swine Flu, as well as confirmed deaths from the virus from both formal and informal sources.

The map below shows the reported confirmed deaths from official sources in the United States from April 1 – September 9.

Pandemic map and Business Continuity

Now compare that to the map below, which shows the confirmed deaths reported from informal sources within the same time frame.

Business continuity planning emphasized by Pandemic

The number of confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus has increased over the past couple of months.  The next map pinpoints the cases that have been confirmed and reported by official sources (such as the CDC) between April 1 and September 9.

Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu emphasize Business continuity planning

There is a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of Swine Flu reported from informal sources (shown below).

Progression of H1N1 virus influences need for continuity planning

A side-by-side comparison of the reported findings from both official sources and informal (media) sources makes for an interesting debate.  Which map(s) are most effective in regards to:
• showing the H1N1 virus’ progress through certain geographic locations?
• broadening the number of possibilities that could interrupt a business and its operations?
• motivating businesses to create and/or revise continuity plans in order to be properly prepared?

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