“The real issue is absenteeism, which the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts could climb above 40% and last for weeks. Boeing is trying to determine if it can operate with 30% of its 160,000 employees out.

“We usually don’t share specifics, because it’s a security issue,” says Boeing spokeswoman Kelly Donaghy. “Can you plan for everything? Absolutely not. We’re going to be prepared the best we can. Shame on us if we don’t at least think about it ahead of time.” [Read more]See also:

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