On Monday Twitter asked their entire workforce of 5,000 people for telecommuting or work from home, part of its effort to keep employees safe and prevent the spread of the deadly new coronavirus or COVID-19. Twitter said in a blog post that its employees should avoid coming into its San Francisco headquarters, and other offices around the world, to cut down on the risk of exposure to the coronavirus that has affected almost 100 persons in the United States and caused six deaths in Washington State.
“We are working to make sure that all internal meetings, all hands, and other significant tasks are optimized for telecommuting. Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 or coronavirus for us, and the world around us,”Twitter human resources Chief Jennifer Christie wrote. In addition to 5,000 Twitter employees and approximately 4,000 employees of payments-processing technology company Square will be covered by the company’s telecommuting plans, both companies are headed up by Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey. The company said telecommuting is now mandatory for their employment in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea, due to government restrictions in those locations. “We are strongly encouraging all workers globally to work from home if they’re able,” Christie said.
The decision comes after Twitter halted non-critical business travel for its employees and pulled out of the South by Southwest conference. Other companies like Google and Amazon have halted non-critical employee travel because of the coronavirus epidemic, but Twitter‘s decision to ask employees for telecommuting goes beyond the precautions are undertaken so far in the U.S. At Google’s European headquarters in Ireland employees were told to stay away for the day after one employee reported flu-like symptoms.
COVID-19 or Coronavirus is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before the Wuhan seafood wholesale market in central China. The virus can cause pneumonia, fever, cough, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. This is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use and antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. The strength of the immune system is a major factor in recovery and prevention; most of the people who have died were already had a poor immune system. It is contagious and can spread through person to person. To prevent the spread of coronavirus Hand-washing and avoiding contact with people if you feel unwell are important. These information and telecommuting are released by Twitter to avoid infection.
South Korea has recorded around 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections cases, the largest number outside mainland China, along with 28 deaths the mortality rate is around 2% in the epicenter of the outbreak for comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1%. The epidemic has spread across the world since emerging in central China’s Wuhan city late last year, killing more than 3,100 people, infecting over 90,000, and prompting a wave of travel restrictions. Japan’s government has urged to close the schools all over the country and employers to give their permit their employment for telecommuting.