Business Leaders Gather To Discuss H1N1 Impact | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Business Leaders Gather To Discuss H1N1 Impact

Play associated audio

Some local business leaders are planning ahead to minimize the potential impact of the H1N1 flu virus on the local economy.

Peter Laporte, director of emergency management for Metro Transit, said that now is the time for local businesses to make plans to cope with a workforce decimated by illness.

"Sometimes you telecommute, or you do things off-site or off-campus," Laporte says. Laporte was one of the many panelists addressing business leaders at the Greater Washington Board of Trade's policy forum on swine flu.

Dr. Tom Sizemore, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says businesses that plan ahead won't have to make choices between safety and productivity. "Forward thinking plans will make a great difference in the economy, and in the health of the population," says Sizemore. About 200 people attended the forum.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

She is one of the first cartoonists to be recognized. Besides her graphic novels and memoirs, Bechdel developed a simple three-question test for how women are represented in films.
NPR

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it's a win for consumers, trees and animals.
NPR

Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.
NPR

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.