Facebook will next stop holding its global marketing summit in San Francisco month, the company announced Friday, in which, what many call the first reported cancellation of the Bay Area due to the COVID 19 outbreak.
"With caution, we canceled our global marketing summit because the public health risks associated with coronavirus have evolved," said a Facebook spokesman in a press release.
More than 4,000 participants were expected, Reuters reported . It was originally scheduled for March 9-12 at the city's Moscone Center.
Earlier this week, Facebook was one of many technology giants to withdraw from this year's Mobile World Congress for similar health concerns before the conference organizer, GSMA, finally unplugged the Barcelona event .
So far, COVID-19 – the official name of the World Health Organization for the coronavirus disease that originates from Wuhan, China – has killed more than 1,500 people worldwide and thus exceeded] the total number of deaths from SARS . Although the disease is less fatal than SARS, it remains highly communicable – especially through human-to-human contact – a fact that threatens much of Silicon Valley, despite assurances from officials that it contains the virus ].
Google also took precautions in the Bay Area during the outbreak. According to a Recode report the company placed signs in at least two of its Bay offices near bathrooms with tips for employees to prevent the spread of germs and a link to an internal site where they can learn more about the corona virus.
Further south, San Diego County declared a public health emergency on Friday when a local military base began investigating American evacuees from Wuhan, according to an NBC report . To date, there have been eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California and seven more across the country.