What does corona virus means?
Coronavirus is an ongoing global outbreak that has been declared a public health emergency of international concern. It is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus, first recognized in Wuhan, Hubei, China. As of 9 March 2020, more than 100,000 cases have been confirmed, of which more than 5000 were classified as serious. More than 95 countries and territories have been afflicted with leading outbreaks in central china, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France, and Germany.
The coronavirus is a communicative disease and it primarily spreads between people in a similar way to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. The time between susceptibility and symptoms outset is typically five days, but may range from two to fifteeen days.
Symptoms are most often that is fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia . There is currently no cure or any kind of vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, but their is a hope and the research is ongoing.Attempt are aimed at managing symptoms and supportive therapy.
CONFRENCES THAT ARE CANCELLED
Many Tech companies have cancelled their high profile conferences and meetings so far, causing an estimated economic loss of more than $1 billion amid coronavirus concerns.
- Mobile World Congress
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest Smartphone convention which is held annually and this time it was going to be organized in Barcelona. This event commonly involved the announcement of new devices, like Smartphone, and other technology. One of the main feature of this year event was expected to be 5G connectivity. It was abolished on February 12. “To establish a healthy atmosphere in Barcelona , the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 and thats mainly because of the global concern regarding the coronavirus epidemic which is a deadly virus and for which the antivirus is yet to be prepared.
- Facebook Global Marketing Summit
The annually held global marketing summit of facebook was booked to be passed off on March 9,2020 at San Francisco moscone centre in the SOMA district, a popular venue space. It usually brings in more than 5,000 guests who would stay at multiple hotels.
But in the month of February, the company cancelled the event as the virus continued to spread into US. Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said in a statement, “Out of plenty of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus.”
- Google Cloud Next
Google Cloud Next, a company which was announced on 2nd of march 2020 was having an event that was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns and now that would instead be held as a online event with, “streamed keynotes breakout sessions two-way learning and digital ask an expert sessions with Google teams”. This convention was set to be taken in San Francisco from 6th to 8th of April. Participants who bought the convention tickets are eligible for a refund.
- Google I/O
Google annual I/O developer’s conventions are the biggest events of the year in terms of technology. In this conventions the company usually introduces new products and it’s features to much fanfare. But on March 3, the company announced it was calling off the in-person aspect of the event , which is usually held at shoreline amphitheatre in mountain view, California. Due to concerns around the (COVID-19) i.e. the coronavirus, and in conformance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” a Google spokesperson said in a comment to Business Insider.
- Game Developers Conferences
The GDC is the largest video game development trade show of the year andwas scheduled to take place in San Francisco from March 16 to 20. The event’s organizers announced on February 28 that the conference would be postponed until this summer because of the corona virus disease.
Prior to the event’s postponement, the GDC’s biggest exhibitors had already pulled out over virus concerns Facebook, Sony’s PlayStation, Microsoft’s Xbox, Electronic Arts, and Epic Games, the developer behind “Fortnite.” The event was expected to bring in 30,000 people. Many of the exhibitors who had originally planned to attend have said their GDC programming will be available online, including Microsoft and Facebook as Business Insider’s Ben Gilbert reported.
- Facebook F8
Facebook has canceled the in-person portion of F8, the company’s annual developer conference, due to corona virus concerns. F8 was originally scheduled to take place on May 5th and May 6th later this year Instead, Facebook says that it will replace the main F8 conference with “locally hosted events, videos and live-streamed content.” In a blog post further explaining the decision to cancel the conference, Face book’s director of developer platforms and programs Konstantin’s Papamiltiadis said that “we need to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on.”
Papamiltiadis goes on to note that Facebook explored other options to allow the conference to go forward but concluded that it was “important to us to host an inclusive event and it didn’t feel right to have F8 without our international developers in attendance.”
- Google News Initiative Summit
While organizers of the Mobile World Congress [MWC] and the Facebook F8 Conference are the still counting their losses over the cancelation of the two events, Google has announced similar decision. The company has announced that its Global News Initiative summit scheduled to hold Sunnyvale, California in late April will no longer take place. The event brings together hundreds of media personalities in the industry in the Google’s Sunnyvale office.
“We regret that we have to cancel our global Google News Initiative summit but the health and wellbeing of our guests is our number one priority,” said Richard Gingras, vice president of news per CNBC. Meanwhile, a Google employee in the company’s Zurich office has tested positive to the corona virus. This has prompted the tech giant to issue travel restriction of staff to Italy, Japan, Iran, and South Korea.
- Microsoft MVP Summit
Microsoft is canceling its annual Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit a couple weeks ahead of its opening, citing worries over the COVID-19 corona virus. Instead, the event will be run as a virtual-only conference during the same time slot this year. The Microsoft MVP Summit joins a growing list of conferences and events canceled over potential health issues connected to the virus.
Microsoft began notifying MVPs of the cancellation on March 2. The Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2020 was slated to run from March 15 to 20 in Bellevue and Redmond, Wash. The annual MVP summit is a multi-day event that includes technical and feedback sessions for active Microsoft MVPs.
- Adobe Summit
Adobe is canceling its annual conference in Las Vegas amid mounting concern surrounding the corona virus. Instead, the Adobe Summit 2020 will take place as an online event. It joins other tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, who also said on Monday that they would be pulling out of various events such as SXSW due to the outbreak.
Adobe said in a statement that it was keeping tabs on COVID-19, but canceled its event to “protect the health and wellbeing of Adobe Summit attendees.” Last year, more than 16,000 people attended its marquee Vegas event, which featured a speaker list that included Reese Witherspoon and Drew Brees.
Adobe had already been describing Summit as “the digital experience conference,” which draws interest from both creative’s with tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Creative Cloud, and chief marketing officers with cloud solutions to target consumers with ads. This year’s event, originally scheduled for March 29 to April 2, was expected to focus on Adobe’s recently launched customer data platform.