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Coronavirus forces companies to work from the comfort of home

Twitter is suggesting its employees work from home. Adobe Summit will now take place on the internet.

As concerns over the coronavirus grow, several tech companies have taken action, pulling out of in-person events and asking employees to work from home.

On March 1, Twitter announced it would undertake "enormous transitional efforts" to tackle COVID-19. It said its goal is to protect employees and minimize the spread of the virus.

The first initiative, decided on Feb. 29, was to suspend all non-critical business travel and events. Twitter's workforce includes thousands of people worldwide.

On March 2, Twitter added more restrictions in response to the virus. The company announced it strongly encouraged all employees to work from home if they were able to.

"We are operating out of an abundance of caution and the utmost dedication to keeping our Tweeps healthy," human resources Jen Christie said in a statement.

For most global workspaces, working from home is highly suggested. But for employees based in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, it is mandatory, according to Twitter.


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The coronavirus outbreak has prompted numerous other companies to pull out of events and take certain initiatives to protect employees. 

Adobe joined other tech giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook in pulling out of large conferences.

Adobe announced in a statement, "We have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19 to ensure we are taking necessary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of Adobe Summit attendees."

Adobe didn't cancel the event altogether; the summit will still occur as "an online experience."


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