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. This article is intended to provide business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the perspectives in this article may fall rapidly out of date. This article reflects our perspective as of March 1, 2020. We will update it regularly as the outbreak evolves.

The outbreak of Coronavirus in countries around the world is a widening tragedy. Many aspects of life and business will be altered in many countries around the world with the possibility of a recession realistic for many countries, at least on a short-term basis. Shifts in media consumption and other behaviors are important to monitor, and marketers need to be mindful of opportunities to service consumers that may follow along with the media owners they buy from and the societies in which they operate.

Today, the amount of health-related data is skyrocketing. According to IBM, it doubles every three years and will double every 73 days by 2020.  In the right hands, this information represents an expanding resource that can be mined for answers to some of our most pressing health issues. It can also be used to improve and refine marketing programs that enhance patient experiences and motivate people to take an active role in their health care.

Youth may be wasted on the young, but when it comes to taking control of their health and well-being, Millennials are pretty much kicking older generations’ saggy-old butts. That’s because, unlike Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, Millennials have a decidedly different take on what wellness means to them and how they’re living their best lives.

Millions of Americans depend on OTC medicines to deliver relief for minor ailments. While most Americans surveyed report they understand the importance of reading the OTC label, many also report not paying consistent attention to it as a critical tool for the safe and responsible use of OTC medicines.

Recently, TheNew York Times published an article headlined, “What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Future of Work.” In it, the author marvels at the “Hollywood model” of work: where ad hoc teams carry out large and complex projects, requiring diverse talents with complementary skills. Per the article: “A project is identified; a team [of contractors] is assembled; it works together for precisely as long as is needed to complete the task; then the team disbands.”

Univision Communications Inc. announced its second annual “Semana de la Salud” (Health Week), a weeklong multiplatform event under the health umbrella of the Company’s Univision Contigo empowerment initiative.

The second wave of the Hispanic Millennial Project focuses on healthcare. It explores attitudes and behaviors associated with health, diet, and exercise, as well as health-related technology, insurance, and the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Health and wellness is trending. At the start of year, U.S. consumers listed health among their top five concerns for 2014. Concurrently, the popularity of fitness bands, smartphone apps that track health and fresh food sales have all risen dramatically.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org released new research from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), a nationally projectable survey that tracks teen drug and alcohol use and parent attitudes toward substance abuse among teens.