But for many organisations, this will be merely the beginning. Ahead lies the likelihood that a changed professional, societal, political and commercial universe will demand hard decisions and painful measures. And each of these will need to be managed in such a way that they do not, in themselves, spread further uncertainty and alarm.
These days, most well-run organisations have their Crisis Management plans in place, but fewer have strategies for Acute Issues Management, and this is what will be needed now. Systems and strategies for issues monitoring and early identification, scenario planning, access to informed, objective external counsel, especially in areas such as legal risk, government affairs, and indeed, strategic crisis management can all be hugely important.