The world has been turned on its head and businesses are reconfiguring what they do, either to survive or to help to provide critical supplies in the battle against Covid-19. Or both.

"Not since World War 2 have so many companies in the business of making cars, clothes or other items been asked to switch up their production lines for the common good," says international news organisation Quartz. In that conflict, makers of silk products stepped up to churn out parachutes for the armed forces, while carmakers diverted their production lines to aircraft engines, guns and tanks...

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