Coronavirus Outbreak is Disrupting Tech in many ways. The coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, has quickly spread throughout mainland China, and has now spread to many other places around the world. The outbreak was recently declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, with nations scrambling to contain the spread and airlines canceling flights to and from China. Several nations have begun work on a coronavirus vaccine, but it will likely take months before one can be distributed widely.
It is with no doubt, many countries that spearhead the tech growth are affected in may ways.
Apple is also affected by Coronavirus Outbreak
Apple may be feeling the effects of the coronavirus, officially called Covid-19. The company has officially re-opened almost all of its retail stores in China, however it has also warned employees that there may be a shortage of iPhone replacement units — and that replacement parts for heavily damaged phones will be in short supply for between two and four weeks, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Google cancels 2020 I/O conference due to coronavirus outbreak
The latest casualty of the novel coronavirus: Google’s 2020 I/O developer conference, which had been scheduled to take place May 12- 14, has been canceled by the giant technology company amid fears that the COVID-19 virus could spread like wildfire throughout show goers.
“Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” Google said in a statement.
Google and Twitter tells some of their employees to work from home due to coronavirus concerns
Tech firms Google and Twitter are telling some of their employees to work from home as COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to spread around the world.
Twitter’s chief human resources officer, Jennifer Christie, posted a message online on Monday, March 2, saying that the company is “strongly encouraging” its 5,000 or so staff at 35 offices globally to work from home, if possible.
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