Google Employee Diagnosed With Corona Virus
We can confirm that one employee from our Zurich office has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms, a Google spokesperson confirmed to CNBCs Deirdre Bosa. We have taken and will continue to take all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we prioritize everyones health and safety.
The case, which was sent out to employees in a notification email, was first reported by Business Insider.
Companies across the globe are enforcing measures to stop potential spread of the flu-like COVID-19. Amazon, which has about 800,000 employees, has started restricting all nonessential employee travel in the U.S. and has restricted all travel to China until further notice.
Several major tech companies have also pulled out from attending or cancelled conferences scheduled through May. Earlier this month, organizers of the Mobile World Congress, the worlds largest trade show for the mobile phone industry, canceled the Barcelona, Spain-based event just two weeks before it was supposed to occur. Facebook canceled its San Francisco-based Global Marketing Summit, which was to expected draw 4,000 people in early March, out of an abundance of caution. Facebook, Sony and Amazon also pulled out of Marchs Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
This story is developing.
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meetings and conferences through May. They are doing the responsible thing.
Serious consideration should be given by all companies and organizations to not attend or cancel meetings/conventions (particularly those international in scope) around this country.
As the Covid-19 issue evolves and everyday we're finding out that more countries and people are being infected - we need to proceed with an abundance of caution.
I know that planners of such meetings take into account the 'financial implications' of such a decision. These conventions/meetings cost a lot of money and they also generate a lot of money as well. But I believe it is short-sighted to take only money into account.
Bringing in to this country - people from all over the world - to converge on a city and a venue - is putting not only the attendees at risk - but it is putting the people that work the venues; union people that assemble and dismantle booths; people that work the halls - all in danger of coming into contact with someone that might be infected or carry the Covid-19 virus.
It is also putting the city that these conventions/meetings are being held in - in danger as well. Attendees will be using airports; public transportation; hotels and hotel workers; restaurants and shopping areas are also put in danger.
Planners of these events need to be responsible and take all this in consideration and serious consider postponing or cancelling these conventions/meetings until more is known about how this virus is transmitted and managed.
People's health and lives may be at stake here. I rather we be safe than sorry.
that if I don't do a Google Search for "Coronavirus", I won't get it.