Facebook Inc has become one of the first US technology companies to ask its employees to suspend any and all non-essential travel to China. They hope to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, also known as known as 2019-nCoV, to employees of the company, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Facebook has also told employees who had travelled to China to work from home, in order to mitigate risk. Although the Facebook platform is banned in China, the company does have offices in the country. Facebook is known to use Chinese suppliers for its Oculus VR headsets and video chat devices.
Their is currently no vaccine for Coronavirus. 4,500 people are known to have contracted the virus across 10 countries, with the vast majority living in the central province of Hubei, on mainland China. So far it is thought to have killed over 100 people in China.
The move follows new guidance for travellers late Monday afternoon from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noting that transportation in and out of Hubei Province may be restricted and that there is “limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.”
Symptoms for the virus include, a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever, along with a general feeling of being unwell.