The Centers for Disease Control are warning of a rash of H1N1 flu in Georgia. Health officials are calling the late season outbreak of swine flu a “worrisome trend” of persistent flue across the Southeast U.S.

It’s not just Georgia, either. Alabama and South Carolina are also reported increased flu activity. Swine flue cases are also being reported in Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Virtual offices can help stop the spread of swine flu—and help stabilize productivity—by allowing employees who are infected or who are at danger of infection to work from home. Workers in cities like Atlanta, Birmingham, and New Orleans can tap into virtual offices that allow them to continue receiving phone calls as if they were in the office. Remote receptionists can leverage call forwarding services to route the employee’s calls to their home office.

Virtual offices aren’t the end all for preventing the spread of swine flu, but they can serve to mitigate the risk. Virtual offices are also a strategic part of business continuity plans in the wake of various types of disasters, from hurricanes to floods to snowstorms.

Large corporations with distributed workforces can benefit from the security of a virtual office, knowing that with remote receptionists their calls will always be answered and routed to the appropriate parties—even in the midst of power outages and other emergencies.