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The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. It is also having a growing impact on the global economy. While business leaders are working to get a perspective on the evolving situation and the implications for their companies, they are only as strong as the communities of which they are a part.  As decision makers figure out how to support response efforts—such as by providing money, equipment, or expertise, they should not assume the worst. 

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