The coronavirus continues to spread within China and throughout other parts of the world. Recent reports claim that about 106 people have died due to the virus and over 4,500 cases have been confirmed.
To stem the virus from continuing to infect others, China has quarantined or placed on lockdown several of its largest cities, affecting roughly 60 million people.
More than 70 cases have been confirmed outside of China in about 17 countries, including the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert warning that there is the highest level of risk related to China at this time.
The visuals coming from Wuhan—the epicenter of the virus—and other cities are somewhat terrifying. There are pictures and videos of empty cities, due to the lockdowns, that make them look like a surreal dystopia. These images are juxtaposed with pictures showing hordes of people trying to obtain healthcare in overcrowded hospitals attended by medical professionals garbed in hazmat suits.
Large corporations, CEOs and executives have been the target of scorn lately in the U.S. due, in part, to the politics involved with the presidential race and concerns over the growing economic and income inequality. They’re portrayed as earning too much money and benefiting at the expense of their workers and customers.
Acknowledging the potential threats to the safety and well-being of their employees, major global corporations have taken applaudable and appropriate actions. A large number of companies have already announced that they’re shutting down their respective operations until further notice. Workers are being told to work from home and not come into the office. Travel to China is being banned by many companies.