May 1, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing public health emergency of international concern involving multiple outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019. It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first identified in Wuhan, China. As of 2 March 2020, more than 90,000 cases have been confirmed, of which 8,000 were classified as serious. More than 70 countries and territories have been affected with major outbreaks in central China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. More than 2,900 people have died in mainland China and about 160 have died in other countries. More than 45,000 people have recovered.
And also, the coronavirus outbreak has been a major topic from all around the world. And you know with people and companies around the world being increasingly affected in a wide variety of ways. From events and travel being cancelled, not being able to buy certain products, schools and shops being (or preparing to be) closed, and more… it’s getting closer to home for many of us.
While many companies have work-from-home plans in place, most do not unfortunately. So given the massive scale of this outbreak and the impact it is having on companies worldwide, it’s an important time for organizations to evaluate how remote work can help them with emergency situations (such as this, as well as extreme weather events, security lockdowns, etc.). And in the case that you know of a company in need of some support or guidance, please feel free to tell them to contact our Employer team to find out the options.
Here is how to use remote work regards to Coronavirus
There are also major impacts happening on workplaces—specifically, coronavirus is causing a dramatic and urgent increase in remote working which kicked off with the “World’s Largest Work-From-Home Experiment” in China. To keep staff safe and companies in business, many employers are allowing—even mandating—that staff work from home.
CNN: Coronavirus could mean you’ll be working from home. Here’s how to stay productive.
Marketplace on NPR: Remote work is having a moment amid COVID-19 fears
Forbes: How Coronavirus Is Creating a Watershed Moment for Remote Work
TechRepublic: How COVID-19 is impacting job seekers and hiring managers
coronavirus is causing a dramatic and urgent increase in work at home jobs
Leana S. Wen is an emergency physician and a visiting professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Previously, she served as Baltimore’s health commissioner.
I watched President Trump’s news conference about the coronavirus on Wednesday. This is what I wish I had heard him say:
My fellow Americans, I am here as your commander in chief to provide an important update about the new coronavirus, covid-19. If there were a terrorist threat to this country, I would be standing here with my top military leaders. This is a public health threat, so I stand here with my top public health officials.
As soon as coronavirus became an epidemic in China, my administration took action. We implemented a quarantine — the first time the United States has issued a quarantine in more than 50 years. We put in place travel restrictions so that we can delay the virus from getting to our country.