With the death toll in Washington state up to 9, Idaho-based companies can expect to take more precautionary measures, which could impact business in the Gem state. There are now over 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout 15 states with thin the U.S. Washington, which borders a sizable part of Idaho, has recently been strongly impacted by the effects of the virus. There's no mistaking that the rising number of cases is causing disruption.
Large corporations have taken this into account and have been doing their best to avoid further spread of the virus. Apple, McDonald's and Starbucks are among the growing number of companies that have shuttered stores, reduced service or removed staff from China as the coronavirus outbreak continues to dampen global economic activity. Google recently announced that their "Cloud Next" Conference, the largest annual conference globally with an average of 30,000 attendees has been cancelled to reduce the risk of potential spreading. Facebook cancelled their "F8 Developers" conferences only days ago as well.
One of the key attributes from these corporations that Idaho businesses can learn from is the ability to predict. This is an important ability every day in business, but especially in times where there is a lot of hype and panic in the market. Predicting allows you to make smart, proactive decisions so you can be prepared. Idaho tech companies such as Micron and HP have already begun using predictive measures to accommodate the mass hysteria surrounding COVID-19.