1200BC-2020 - 250 epidemics (every 12 years)

There are plenty of historical indications that pandemics are and will continue to be a regular phenomenon that will wreak havoc on people and the order of their societies.

Co-operatives need to take action and be ready for the disruptions caused by pandemics.

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In this article we will cover the fundamentals and how co-operatives can put in place the necessary resources and infrastructure that can deal with prolonged social distancing.

Pandemics have been recorded more than 258 times in 3,220 years which works out roughly every 12 years or so.

Purpose - The ferocity and locality of pandemics varies widely and it is impossible to know when they will hit, how lethal they will be and how long they will last.  The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic lasted for three years and took 50 million lives out of a global population of only 1.8 billion people.

Co-operatives need to understand that in spite of all of the scientific advances there is no such thing as having a vaccine for something that doesn't yet exist.   So the fact remains there will be disruption of an unknown magnitude and cost in terms of human life and economy.

A co-operative that invests in remote capabilities and PPE resources as standard practice will effectively be able to serve and protect their community.

Remote capabilities -  Most virus' need to pass from human to human.  It is historical and scientific fact that those societies that practiced social distancing had low mortality rates.  Social distancing duration and timing will most likely be mandated by a government and will not be a choice.  There may be no time to prepare and last minute solutions could be very costly and poorly received by the members due to a lack of habit and training.

  • Communications - Be able to engage and interact with members and customers
    Messaging, News, Voting, Surveys, Training, Forums, Meetings etc.
  • Operations - Serve members and customer remotely
    Curbside pickup, Orders, Deliveries, Online stores etc.

PPE Resources -  Humans are susceptible to viral infections mainly through the mouth, nose and eyes.  The virus must reach these points of entry.  Many viruses pass through the air or physical contact.

  • Masks - Keep masks in stock for members enough for 2-3 months
  • Sanitisers - Keep bulk sanitisers in stock enough for 2-3 months
  • Food Staples - Alternatively, keep flour, sugar and oil enough for 1 month