The deadly coronavirus virus that has plagued humanity has got even worse. Previously thought that you will need to have direct contact or contact transmission is now confirmed that it can be caught by just being near an individual who is infected. Tech giants are pulling out from the MWC 2020 that is worrying this year's lineup.
The Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau deputy head stated over the weekend during the Saturday press briefing that "Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts,"
"As such, we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease caused by family gatherings."
- Direct transmission: breathing in the air close to an infected patient who sneezes or coughs, and
- Contact transmission: when a person touches an object tainted with the virus before infecting themselves by touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Grim News for MWC
The Mobile World Congress(MWC) is the largest mobile tech show there is. Companies big and small use that even as a platform to showcase what they have in-store for potential customers as well as create a buzz in the tech world. Sadly, Amazon, LG, Ericson, Ericsson, and potentially more will not be attending this year's event in Barcelona, Spain.
As more and more major investors pull out of the event, management has decided to put stringent rules and health safety measures to encourage people to come. Despite the efforts, it seems that MWC 2020, for now, will not be as grand as people who had hoped for. Regardless, it will still push through as there is no news or press release indicating otherwise.
nCov update around the world:
The death toll from the virus in the globe as of the time of this writing is 910. Officially making it more deadly than the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, also known as SARS that wreaked panic and massive outcry.
China's National Health has already confirmed new cases of over 3000 and almost about 100 deaths already in their care. The infection rate has drastically scaled up, which is causing concerns, and governments are doing what they can to control the spread and prevent mass hysteria.
Total of infected people is about 40,000 already, and the cure is still not a viable option.
The main goal for the MWC 2020 right now is to keep as many investors as possible since it's always been a staple of companies showing their innovations and compete with the best of the best on a world stage setting. The spread of the nCov virus that really can be fatal is going to be a hindrance, to say the least for people to go out and actually go to any events. Some governments around the world are starting to postpone public events due to this news of the virus being airborne. The future of not just technology and innovation is truly at risk if this comes to the extremes.