COVID-19, the disease caused by a newly identifiedfirst detected in China in December, and made its way to every continent besides Antarctica. The World Health Organization has stopped short of calling the outbreak a pandemic but has declared COVID-19 a “public health emergency of international concern.”
The outbreak is not only negatively affecting health but has stoked fears of an economic downturn. On Monday, stock trading was temporarily stopped shortly after the market opened when the S&P 500 index fell 7%, triggering an automatic 15-minute halt. Shares rebounded after the market reopened but remained in the red.
Silicon Valley companies,, urged employees to work from home and instituted measures to help affected by the policies. Around the globe, high-profile tech giants have been .
Social media networks, like Facebook and Twitter,and taken steps to mitigate the rise of conspiracy theories and panic.