We are concerned about the health of our customers, partners and employees!

The SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) deadly virus, the COVID-19 infectious disease and the global quarantine measures are influencing the way all of us live and work right now. Worldwide, people have to switch to working from home, slow down, or, in some cases even temporarily shut down their businesses, and, while there’s no reason to panic, the situation causes a lot of uncertainties. We are doing our best to secure our infrastructure and the redundancy required for continuous delivery of services to our customers, and we will keep supporting our customers during the lockdown period.

We switched our complete team to remote work to ensure everyone’s health and safety, and we continue to work at full capacity. We use dual and quadruple interfaces to broadband communication providers in order to protect our digital communications and application deliveries. All our processes, including customer support, new features, and new versions development, and all the work related IT-infrastructure are and will be functioning as usual throughout the quarantine.

Things are not what they were just weeks ago. We wanted to reach out to you all during these uncertain times and let you know we will do as much as we can to help pass the time. We are all in this together.

As many of us are now spending the majority of our time at home, it’s never been more critical for us to continue best serving our customers. We are reviewing our services development work and the company internet presence project, studying features that are planned for development of our website network, to see if there’s anything we can rollout sooner, in order to support you with information provisioning in the adjusted working environment.

We would like to improve our technology platform to help you adapt to the current working conditions, changed due to COVID-19 quarantines. Please let us know which features you find are currently missing to make our website network your main source of information from our company.

In addition, we are ramping up the website content creation so you can engage with others like you who have a great passion for the themes we are focusing on. We are planning to bring in more content, more topics, and of course, more articles to our insights.

Make sure to check out our Youtube channel, Facebook page, Facebook community, and follow us on Instagram or Twitter if you have any photography or editing related questions. Our support team will continue offering their top of the line service and help answer any questions you have about your experience with our website and website network. You can also quickly contact us via e-mail.

I encourage everyone to stay connected and, most importantly, safe and healthy. We will all emerge from this crisis together and become stronger.

If you are with a healthcare or other organization, currently participating in the fight with spreading the disease, and if any of our services could help you with any part of your effort (whether just sharing stats, manage the data, making appointments, or whatever else), let us know, and we will investigate to provide a customer focused experience for your team.

Thank you all, and stay safe and healthy!

Best Wishes,

From the Aerospace-, Defence- and Security Industry Team and the Information- and Communications Technology Industry Team at Bring2Mind Consulting AB.

SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness known as COVID-19, which has spread to several countries around the world.

The coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a highly transmittable and pathogenic viral infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which emerged in Wuhan, China and spread around the world. Genomic analysis revealed that SARS-CoV-2 is phylogenetically related to severe acute respiratory syndrome-like (SARS-like) bat viruses, therefore bats could be the possible primary reservoir. The intermediate source of origin and transfer to humans is not known, however, the rapid human to human transfer has been confirmed widely. There is no clinically approved antiviral drug or vaccine available to be used against COVID-19. However, few broad-spectrum antiviral drugs have been evaluated against COVID-19 in clinical trials, resulted in clinical recovery. In the current review, we summarize and comparatively analyze the emergence and pathogenicity of COVID-19 infection and previous human coronaviruses severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). New and intense work is ongoing, using new approaches, for developing effective vaccines and therapeutic combinations to cope with this viral outbreak.

Through this post, we want to give you a better understanding of the implications coronavirus has on all of us, and that it is for real and a serious historic world wide spreading pandemic deadly disease. It has implications on human behaviour like consumer shopping, global advertising spend, and essential industries like consumables, protection equipment, food, medical, travel, and transportation.

As the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread globally, media, hospitals, health institutes and government authorities from all over the world are continuing to work to analyze the business impact of the virus across all possible coverage areas.

We are dealing with SARS-CoC-2, a coronavirus, a virus from a family of viruses that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness in humans of varying kinds. The virus is likely to have jumped species from an animal to a human (and to be honest unless you’re involved in sequencing the genetic code to make a vaccine or stop it happening again it’s pretty irrelevant which animal species it jumped from.) It was first notified on 31 December in China.

The virus has spread rapidly, largely by droplet spread. 80% of us will get mild illness like a bad flu, 20% of us more severe, 10% may need hospital care and less than 7-8% will die. Most people recover. But you don’t read about that in the media.

It’s new. And while there are some things we know, there are other things we don’t. We don’t yet have a vaccine. We don’t yet have antiviral drugs so treatment is for the symptoms and problems caused by the virus. And we can’t stop it altogether. And some of us can’t work from home.

Most people who get sick with COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, experience mild symptoms and will fully recover, however, some people are more likely to have severe lung damage. Doctors have described how the coronavirus can severely damage the lungs and also explained why they’re calling COVID-19 a “one-two-three-punch” disease.

To understand how COVID-19 can severely damage the lungs, it helps to understand the way the coronavirus — officially called SARS-CoV-2 — enters the body.

The virus has a way of attaching to a specific receptor on lung cells called the ACE2 receptor. It’s like the ACE2 receptors are the lock and coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has a key that allows it into the lung tissue.

As the virus takes hold in the lung cells, the body tries to fight it off. We’re starting to think of the disease as a one-two-three punch. The first inciting event is the virus, and the second step is the way the body deals with the virus in the lungs, which is to create an inflammatory process to contain the virus, flooding the lungs with inflammatory cells.

That combination of infection and inflammation is what causes the breathlessness that patients experience as the disease worsens. The shortness of breath can cause oxygen levels to drop, which can lead to the need for a ventilator, and it can progress from there.

The third punch, which can happen in the most severe cases, is acute Sepsis, which activates the production and release of specific cytokine receptor antagonists, the soluble sytokine receptors and the anti-inflammatory cytokines, in the bloodstream that can damage vital organs. Sepsis requires fast intensive care, and remains a major cause of death in severe cases of COVID-19. Most of these patients are really dying of systemic organ failure — the first effect is the strain on the heart, then the kidneys can start to fail, then the liver can fail.

The reason that ventilators are proving so critical in COVID-19 treatment is that they assist with lung function, preventing the drop in oxygen levels that can damage those vital organs.

But being intubated and on a ventilator takes a significant toll on long-term health.

If you’re younger and healthier, you’re likely to survive COVID-19, but you still may end up on a ventilator for some period of time, and when that happens, your muscles begin to atrophy, adding that just a few days on a ventilator can mean up to six months of recovery before you’re back to where you were.

Lung conditions like chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, raise the risk of severe symptoms because the lungs are already weakened.

But inflammation also raises the risk of those with less severe conditions such as asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And while there’s still little data, allergies to dust, pollen, and other airborne particles could increase sensitivity, also providing possible pathways to inflammation, adding that anyone with asthma or allergies should try to keep their condition under control with medication.

Smoking is another risk factor. The American Lung Association (ALA) have said that people who smoke or vape had an increased risk of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms and should consider quitting. The ALA also mean that both smoking and vaping had been linked to pneumonia and lowered immune function.

There is data to show that e-cigarettes and vaping cause very similar changes in lung cells to regular cigarettes.

Smoking marijuana should be included in the risk factors as well, according to several Drug Institutes.

If you think about the COVID-19 pandemic as a marathon, you’re injuring the muscles you need in that race when you vape or smoke anything. If you already have inflammation present when the coronavirus goes into your lungs, you’ve started with a tank half empty.

Well, we do know from experience of dealing with viruses like these and others that there are things which really will slow the spread of it, and this remains important for everyone, more so for those who have to come to work.

There are things that disrupt the spread of the virus. These are all about not allowing the virus a route into your body or from one person to another.

1. First, washing your hands frequently and well for at least twenty seconds with good technique (videos are available on YouTube and on your local health provider websites). Before you leave for work, when you get to work, before all breaks, before lunch, after lunch and when you get home.
2. Not touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth so you deny the virus a route into your body. A good rule is “keep your hands below your shoulders unless you’ve just washed them well” if you find the “don’t touch” rule a challenge.
3. Staying a meter apart from people and not having handshakes and so on at meetings.
4. Coughing and sneezing into a tissue, binning it and washing your hands (or coughing into the crook of your elbow) so you deny drops from coughs and sneezes a route onto your hands or surfaces and then into the eyes, mouth, and nose of others
5. Decent and frequent cleaning of surfaces people touch frequently, with detergent, like lift buttons, light switches, door handles and so on
6. Self-isolating if you have a new continuous cough and a fever so if you have the virus, you don’t spread it. And if you have something else, well you won’t spread that other.

Hand sanitizer is a reasonable second best if you don’t have soap and water. Making people use it coming into meetings and public buildings in addition to hand washing is an extra layer of defense.

Together we can slow the epidemic of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable. And they can stop the epidemic of fear and panic which is making it worse for everyone, and which, if unchecked, will linger with ill effect long after we have better treatment and prevention strategies for COVID-19

We will have to be constantly aware of this disease and follow the precautions above for a very long time to be able to get through this.

Some priorities here for business leaders and managers:

1. Slow the spread of the virus as much as possible so you can keep essential services running – get folk doing the six to fix and make sure you have the equipment you need for services like personal protective equipment for care services.

2. Help with business continuity so you can plan for sickness absence. Government suggests up to 80% of people may get it with 21% sickness absence over a 16-week period. That modeling will change as we know more. Speak to your Director of Public Health or planning group locally. What are you doing about sickness reporting, benefits and also help employees who may be in financial hardship? You don’t need to shut your business down or stop all meetings. Many people are over-reacting. But if that happens for a period of time, how would you keep business going? And how will you ensure meetings and events you do run are risk-assessed so the risk of the virus spreading is reduced as much as possible? Are some workforces like Fire so important you need to go the extra mile to keep them running? Time to speak to Occupational Health or your Director of Public Health.

3. Reassurance and resilience of employees and others – there is no need to panic buy or shut down your social life. Our economy needs to keep running for us to come through this. There’s plenty of food and resources for everyone if we just remember that we have a duty of care to each other to get through this calmly and rationally. And stamp our prejudice and hate.

4. Promoting the mental health of everyone while we run through this crisis – especially front line workers and those dealing with peoples’ anger and fear. Mental health is crucial in these times of self-isolation to avoid the virus.

5. Promote the care and love of the most vulnerable – are we ensuring food banks have enough to distribute so nobody goes hungry, are volunteers able to check on the most vulnerable and isolated? Can you do befriending of people by phone? Actively challenge selfish and panic behavior and panic buying. Can you create a pro-social campaign to help others and channel energy and anxiety into that?

Understanding human behavior

Lastly, you could understand the dynamics of how people behave in crises. They tend to behave in ways that make sense to them because they are responding to fear, and they often respond by exerting control over the things they can control. So panic buying, those annoying folk nicking the hand sanitizer from offices and everyone moving their travel times to avoid crowds but ending up in the office early fall into that category. Understand the psychology behind this behavior, and especially create social norms and other barriers to people behaving in ways that are harmful.

And create space where people can grieve the seismic changes to our lives that we will need to cope with for the coming season and find ways of adjustment.

Bring2Mind Consulting AB

We protect our Customers, Partners and Employees

As the situations surrounding SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 continue to change and evolve, what won’t change is our commitment to do everything we can to help ensure the health and safety of everyone involved with the Bring2Mind Consulting brand. We have earned your trust and loyalty for almost four decades (40 years) and through our commitment to bringing you continuous delivery of Systems LifeCycle Management (SLCM) Services, we want to thank you. As we have during other challenging world events, we will work tirelessly to persevere through this one together.

To Our Visitors,

We are humbled by our people’s efforts but wanted to provide a broader update on how Bring2Mind Consulting AB is responding to the constantly evolving situation.

At Bring2Mind Consulting AB we take a lot of pride in making your experience with us memorable, and there is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our Customers, Partners, Employees and the communities we serve. With Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the minds of many, I want to take a moment to personally update you on the steps we are taking at our company to ensure your health and safety during this challenging time.

To help protect our office against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the infectious disease COVID-19, we are constantly updated from local health officials, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (“Folkhälsomyndigheten”) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We are leveraging these resources to ensure our teams have the most current and effective tools and processes for office sanitation and to maintain their working capability. Our goal is to ensure the office policies we put in place meet or exceed their recommended guidelines.

These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone but some things do not change, especially our unrelenting commitment to health and safety. That is why we have in place extra measures over and above our usual protocols to protect our people, their families, and the wider community.

These measures include:

1. A strict home-working policy for everyone whose job can be done remotely
2. Cutting down our customer and partner visits at their offices to a minimum, where thermal testing is not perceived for everyone at arrival
3. Reinforcing social distancing on site, using smaller teams on a rotating basis, and applying enhanced hygiene and cleaning routines
4. Suspending all international and domestic business travel unless absolutely critical

It is not, of course, business as usual for many people which is why we are also stepping up our efforts to help the fight against COVID-19. Our dedicated team is monitoring the situation constantly, updating us with information from authorities and organizations locally and around the world. We will continue to anticipate and adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, maintaining the continuity of our supplies and services where possible without compromising on health and safety.

Additionally, we have several cleaning and sanitation initiatives underway in our office. These initiatives include increasing the frequency of cleaning with a focus on workplace areas to include computer systems and keyboards themselves; increasing frequency of changing out tools used; increasing the frequency of hand washing to exceed the recommended standards.

We want to thank our people again for their continued dedication to our customers and society at large during these testing times. We’re incredibly impressed and thankful at how everyone in Bring2Mind Consulting AB is responding, with such flexibility, understanding, and commitment. Our purpose of creating brighter lives through the application of bright science is more relevant now than ever. Together we stand strong. Take care.

Our thoughts goes out to all who have been impacted by the virus, and I want to personally thank all our team members who have committed to protect our Customers, Partners and each other.

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
Bring2Mind Consulting AB

Gunnar Snellman
Founder & CEO and Senior Advisor, Management Consultant and Analyst within Strategic Business and Technology Intelligence (Aerospace, Defense & Security and ICT)

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