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Impact of CoronaVirus spread on your Projects
Dear All, Today in our Risk Management Meeting this issue came into highlight so, we are trying to asses how this is affecting our Projects.

I would like to hear from this community , how your projects are being affected by the outbreak of Virus?

Love your read your feedback , experiences and what you people are doing about it?
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Dear Asif,

Sensible precautions is the approach that most people I know involved in any travel as part of their work are going by.

Unfortunately this sort of outbreak are nothing uncommon and in some parts of the world is always an ongoing cause for concern.

Avoiding unnecessary travel. If travel is necessary a Medical before leaving and upon returning to your home country. Avoiding local cuisine and dishes if possible. Only meet with persons designated necessary for conduct of business and avoid alcohol and foods that could lower your immune system Also have a designated medical contact both at home and abroad in case of emergencies.

Taking practical and necessary steps can lower the the risks for yourself, your work colleagues and your family.

The impact of the Corona Virus is continue to increases as case are diagnosed further away from the original sources.

At this point in time people are avoiding travel from infected areas, to affected areas and areas still all clear.

Remote tools allow continuation of projects and if necessary extensions to contracts when its impossible to replace people in infected areas.

Most people seem to be working around the problem using the tools available and practical knowledge when necessary.

Daire
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:39 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply Daire, we are organizing awareness session for contract workers , cause in our construction projects different nationalities working are involved.
Japan just closed all schools, and the spread in countries throughout Europe, APAC, and the middle east is ramping up, with the US anticipating spread.

While I agree with Daire that travel-related considerations are appropriate, frankly substantial absenteeism and project delays should likely be baked into all risk planning.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:41 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks Scott, we have included the risk as "Moderate" in our Risk Register.
The impact of Coronavirus in my projects has been none. And I do not anticipate any change unless there would be a virus outbreak in the vicinity, which is highly unlikely (latest news say that virus will be worldwide fully contained within the next 4 weeks, so we are already on the downhill phase).
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:42 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply Eduard. Hope , what you said be true and lots of people suffering due to it may take a sigh of relief.
This is being handled as an enterprise risk. Our project has not identified additional actions beyond those already taken by the organization.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:43 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply Stephane, we have included the Risk in both Department & corporate level risk registers.
As someone whose primary role is teaching and presenting, while I don't expect much impact on my classes, conferences may be impacted and those which rely heavily on "out of towners" might be much smaller or even cancelled.

It will be interesting to see what PMI does with some of their global conferences this year such as EMEA and GC...

Kiron
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:44 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply Kiron, please do update how PMI have reacted to it.
The project that I am involved in requires personnel to travel to site from every corner of the globe. Most 90+% of the people must travel by plane to get close, and then take a train, bus, or catch a ride to make it the remainder of the way. None have reported any unusual travel difficulties.

Also, there have not been any delays in obtaining the procurement items we need. Many of the steel components we use are made in the United States as that is a quality control demand by the client. Many of our electronic related devices have already been obtained, or would come from the Scandinavian region.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:45 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply Jeromy, we are almost in similar situation in terms of project workers involved, in our projects.
Hello Asif: No impact to my projects yet. Hospitals are asking more detailed questions about travel and symptoms upon admission and following established protocols based on responses and symptoms, but overall no other Coronavirus impact at this point to my projects.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:48 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply LORI, it is good that your projects are not being affected, and hope it remain the same.
I don't know the worldwide impacts, and I'm sure it varies by region, but so far the flu has had a much greater impact than the coronavirus.

I hope Corona doesn't become nearly as bad as they're predicting. I'd be more concerned except we seem to have scary viruses every few years, such as avian flu or swine flu, and although they're bad if you get them, they've never led to the apocalypse that the new companies want us to believe is coming.

That said, we've seen some supply issues related to Corona, or more specifically, related to the response to Corona. Even though the flu has infected (and killed!) more people in my region, we don't quarantine entire towns over flu outbreaks.
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2 replies by Asif Gul and Kiron Bondale
Feb 27, 2020 3:58 PM
Kiron Bondale
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For a moment, Wade, I thought you were referring to beer :-)

We should probably start to reference the disease by its current "official" name COVID-19 although I do hope (as I wrote in this week's blog article) that they come up with a more meaningful name!

Kiron
Feb 29, 2020 11:51 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks Wade. I also believe there is a lot of media hype created around this virus outbreak, may be some political and economical issue are there too.
Feb 27, 2020 2:46 PM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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I don't know the worldwide impacts, and I'm sure it varies by region, but so far the flu has had a much greater impact than the coronavirus.

I hope Corona doesn't become nearly as bad as they're predicting. I'd be more concerned except we seem to have scary viruses every few years, such as avian flu or swine flu, and although they're bad if you get them, they've never led to the apocalypse that the new companies want us to believe is coming.

That said, we've seen some supply issues related to Corona, or more specifically, related to the response to Corona. Even though the flu has infected (and killed!) more people in my region, we don't quarantine entire towns over flu outbreaks.
For a moment, Wade, I thought you were referring to beer :-)

We should probably start to reference the disease by its current "official" name COVID-19 although I do hope (as I wrote in this week's blog article) that they come up with a more meaningful name!

Kiron
Asif

My current development projects and clients are local in BC, Canada. This did not affect any of my projects yet but precautions are being taken for sure.

RK
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Feb 29, 2020 11:52 PM
Asif Gul
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Thanks for reply Rami, stay safe.
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