A NASA research center in California has issued a mandatory telecommuting policy after an employee tested positive for new coronapneumonia. But the move is temporary. On Friday, NASA conducted voluntary long-distance workday tests across the United States.
On Sunday, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, announced that it would restrict the use of its facilities. Ames engineers and scientists have played a role in many of NASA’s major programs, focusing on supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and air traffic management. The center is also home to a huge wind tunnel that could help test aircraft and spacecraft.
NASA has telecommuting capabilities, but with the new coronavirus outbreak spread across the United States, the agency hopes to conduct a massive test of its telecommuting capabilities last week. On March 6, NASA encouraged employees to use laptops to work from home. NASA says employees should be telecommuting from home every day if the outbreak worsens in the coming weeks and days.