Twitter employees are going to have a unique opportunity thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. According to company CEO Jack Dorsey, employees will have the opportunity to work from home moving forward even once things are back to normal.
Twitter is not expecting to reopen its offices until at least September and it has already cancelled all in-person events.
“We’ve been very thoughtful in how we’ve approached this from the time we were one of the first companies to move to a work from home model,” Twitter told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “I had been working on my plans where I’d work decentralized, as my team and I do when we travel, but in light of COVID-19 and everything else going on I need to reevaluate.”
As the country continues to reopen, we can expect to see more companies following suit.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 80,500 deaths in the United States and more than 1 million confirmed cases — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.