The coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. As of today i.e. 24th March, more than 381,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 190 countries and territories, resulting in more than 16,500 deaths and has the potential to reach a large proportion of the global population. Nobody was ready for this outbreak; neither the government nor the health officials all around the globe.
The virus basically spread from one person to another through respiratory droplets produced during coughing. It primarily spreads when people are in close contact but may also spread when one touches a contaminated surface and then one’s face. It is most infectious when people are symptomatic, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days but may range from two to fourteen days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The coronavirus has compelled to lockdown everything almost all around the globe. It has effectively shut down all sporting leagues around the world, major gatherings including tech events and music festivals, and closed down restaurants and malls. It also puts a major dent in the airline industry and is causing panic-buying across the globe, leading to severe food shortages.
While all the business remains affected due to the virus, there is no way that the tech industry remains untouched. The virus also had a huge impact on the tech industry, affecting the global supply chain and causing interminable product delays. Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and how it’s affecting the tech industry like Netflix and Youtube deducting their video quality all over in Europe, FCC signs off on the U.S. carriers using additional spectrum in the 600MHz, Amazon shutting down Prime Pantry, Google canceling I/O2020, Twitter more focusing on verifying user accounts those providing credible updates around the pandemic and many more. Tech companies have been keenly aware of COVID-19’s impact for a while now because being a tech company is being a global company almost by default. Now, however, the virus’s threat has come to nearly everyone’s back door. If you don’t yet know someone who has been infected with the virus, odds are good you will soon. This is our reality, for now, at least.
Some of the highlighted impacts on tech industry are as follows:
The list goes on and on. The virus at the moment is not in the verse to slow down but is getting worse every day. But let’s not panic. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. History has shown us that it will get better. We will get rid of the epidemic.
On a global platform, each country is trying its level best to cure this and prevent the virus to spread to more hosts. Efforts to prevent the virus from spreading include travel restrictions, quarantines, curfews, event postponements and cancellations, and facility closures and mainly for those engaged in the tech field to work from home. These include quarantine of Hubei, nationwide quarantines in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, curfew measures elsewhere in China and South Korea, our country Nepal locked down for a week, various border closures or incoming passenger restrictions, screening at airports and train stations, and travel advisories regarding regions with community transmission. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 140 countries, affecting more than 1.2 billion students.
We request all of the citizens nationally and internationally to take this issue seriously. This is not the case to be taken lightly. Here are some of the preventive measures WHO has prepared to prevent the virus to spread more than it is now.