When news of more cases of coronavirus became known in the United States, T-Mobile reacted to the threat in a new way: fewer hugs, kisses or high fives.
The cellular operator based in Bellevue, Washington, "promotes personal distance at work" – and, according to the company, has "all types of sanitary products".
In other countries, US companies are looking for new ways to protect their employees. Hollywood managers rethink red carpet premieres; CNN chief Jeff Zucker personally reviews intercontinental travel.
Facebook Inc has gone so far as to take the "social" out of social media and has banished non-business visitors to its offices.
Across the U.S. business landscape, companies from AT&T Inc to Home Depot Inc are addressing the risk of a virus that was isolated a week ago in China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea and has now spread to 53 countries.
Large technology companies are withdrawing from major industry events. Twitter Inc, which strongly encouraged employees to work from home late Monday, also said that its chief executive officer Jack Dorsey will no longer perform at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas later this month. On Monday evening, Facebook announced that it would not be attending the event.
Others cancel their own conferences. Alphabet Inc.'s Google canceled its largest cloud computing customer conference on Monday, scheduled for next month in San Francisco after two more events were canceled last Friday.
Facebook closed its annual developer conference last week and also restricted trips to China, South Korea and Italy.
The social media giant Menlo Park, California went one step further and discouraged all gatherings of more than 50 participants. Applicants shouldn't bother to show up in the office. According to a source familiar with the plans, interviews will be postponed as video conferences if possible.
In addition to banning travel to and from Asia and Italy, Home Depot has also introduced a 14-day residence policy for employees who have returned from these regions within the past two weeks.
At least two major banks on Wall Street are testing technologies and compliance systems to prepare for employees who may need to work from home or outside the company in the coming weeks.
In Hollywood, the corona virus threat already affects how films are made and who is allowed to see them. Film producers are forced to reschedule film releases in China and parts of Italy where cinemas are closed and are trying to move filming to areas with a high number of coronavirus cases.
ViacomCBS Inc's Paramount Pictures has postponed a three-week shoot in Italy for Tom Cruise's next "Mission Impossible" film. And Walt Disney Co executives are waiting for cinemas in China to reopen so they can release "Mulan," an action epic about a Chinese heroine that is slated to go to other countries on March 27, and is expected to release the first billion dollars Entertainment giants will be the dollar box office hit of the year.
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