Japanese Government Urges Companies To Get Their Employees To Work From Home To Contain The Coronavirus

The Japanese government on Tuesday urged companies to recommend telecommuting and staggered shifts for workers in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus:

The plan, approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, also urged people with symptoms of cold or fever to stay at home and asked event organizers to carefully consider whether to proceed with their plans. Japan has 159 cases of infections from the flu-like coronavirus, apart from 691 on a cruise ship docked south of Tokyo. On Tuesday, broadcaster NHK reported a fourth death among passengers. Rather than trying to contain the disease outright, authorities are seeking to slow its expansion and minimize deaths. Telecommuting, or working online or from home, would reduce the infection risk from people gathered in one place.

This seems like a very good idea that perhaps other countries should look at seeing as from what I am reading, the coronavirus is potentially on the cusp of being a pandemic. Assuming that companies have the technology in place, and it is secure, this should be an option for workers who are concerned about this virus. After all, these are unique times that require a unique response.

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