As concerns about the new coronavirus outbreak grow, Google this week issued a recommendation calling on all employees in Washington state to work remotely. The move was made after discussions with local health officials. Google has not completely closed its offices and has no plans to make an official statement on the move. But the news is a clear indication that preventive measures around the new coronavirus outbreak are becoming a broader trend.
It follows a similar decision by Lyft, the US-based platform, to ask employees from its San Francisco office to go home.
Google has several offices in Washington state. Washington state has become the most important area for the spread of the epidemic in the United States, with 70 cases reported and 10 deaths reported. Most patients are located in King County, including Seattle and Cochrane. Google’s offices are available in both places.
The new corona virus is spreading to other central cities in the tech industry, and Google is likely to do more. Earlier this week, Google announced that it would cancel the offline segment of Google’s I/O developer conference. Last month, Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was also hit by a new coronavirus outbreak.