Businesses Tackle H1N1

By: CBS
By: CBS

(CBS) - A new survey shows the h1n1 virus could add up to billion dollar losses for businesses.

Front-line workers in the fight against the flu know what it could cost if they don’t roll up their sleeves.

Dr. Lesley Taylor of Montefiore Medical Center says getting her seasonal flu shot is a matter of public health, and she expects to be back for her H1N1 shot soon.

Concerns about the h1n1 virus have spread beyond hospitals and into the halls of corporate America. The chamber of commerce says seasonal flu takes a $10 billion bite out of business each year. H1N1 could gobble up a whopping $20 billion.

At financial services company Credit Suisse, the H1N1 readiness is seen from the employee medical center to the elevator bank, where hand sanitizer dispensers are strategically located.

The CDC website dedicates an entire section to business response,
right down to pre-made hallway signs telling sick employees to stay home.

Credit Suisse knows its more cost effective to keep workers healthy, still they're ready in the event of an outbreak. Director of Corporate Services Nat Mohan says their IT deptartment has been working feverishly in providing remote access to anyone who can work from home.

A new survey shows most U.S. companies have an H1N1 plan of attack, to keep the flu from grinding business to a halt.


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