Harvard HSPH survey of business impact of “significant H1N1 fu outbreak”

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in a national survey of businesses, reported that “four-fifths of businesses foresee severe problems maintaining operations in a significant H1N1 fu outbreak.” HSPH researchers said they found that only one-third of respondents believe they could sustain their business without severe operational problems if half their workforce were absent for two weeks due to H1N1. Just one-fifth believe they could avoid such problems for one month with half their employees out. The survey also reported that “74% of businesses offer paid sick leave for employees, only 35% of businesses offer paid leave that would allow employees to take care of sick family members, and even fewer would allow paid time off to care for children if schools/daycares were closed (21%).” The survey is part of an ongoing series about the country’s response to the H1N1 flu outbreak undertaken by the Harvard Opinion Research Program at HSPH. The polling was done July 16-August 12, 2009..


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