This is also a good time to talk with your boss about options if you must stay home. Telecommuting often works. Putting the scenario on the table will also help in the development of a viable plan. The current economic crisis could be deepened and prolonged: Economists predict a severe pandemic could cost the world economy trillions of dollars. It would put a lot of small businesses on even shakier ground. If a pandemic were to occur, people are likely to shut themselves in their homes for a few weeks doing nothing but the essentials. Restaurants and local retail shops would be hard hit as customers virtually disappear. For those looking for employment, it could become that much more difficult to find a new job.