Coronavirus crisis spreads: Google tells North American employees to work from home


Google is recommending that all of its employees in North America work from home, if they can, due to the coronavirus.

Its parent company, Alphabet, has more than 100,000 employees — most of whom work in the U.S.

Employees who can are being asked to stay home until at least April 10th. Google’s offices will remain open for employees whose roles require it.

The outbreak has upended business as usual in the tech world. Major companies, including Amazon, Apple and Facebook, are following the advice of public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the load on overburdened local health systems by restricting travel and asking employees to work from home.

Additionally, major industry conferences are being canceled to avoid spreading the virus.

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