The spread of the Chinese coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has already managed to retrain from an epidemic into a pandemic, has had a strong influence on many global corporations, including Apple. In order not to jeopardize the risk of infection for their employees, Cupertino was forced to take extreme measures that promised companies a guaranteed loss of profit, which even Tim Cook declared, deciding that it would be extremely wrong to conceal from investors the impending shortage of finances. But since stopping production and closing stores is already an extreme measure, Apple has developed a precautionary system for all its employees and customers.
What Apple employees can’t do
Apple understands that its success is based on its employees, and therefore tries to protect them from infection with a coronavirus infection as carefully as possible. That is why the company’s management decided to ban them from unauthorized trips to China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France and several other countries where the epidemic is felt most strongly. Despite the fact that freedom of movement is one of the basic human rights, Apple requires employees who need to visit these countries to coordinate travel with management without fail. Otherwise, if not dismissal, then at least a reprimand or another penalty awaits them.
Remote work in Apple
However, restricting trips was not enough, and Apple decided to transfer most of the employees to work at home. Thus, the companies want to reduce the contact of employees with each other in order to protect them from involuntary infection. And those who have already become ill with coronavirus or are experiencing the corresponding symptoms may receive an indefinite paid sick leave. Such an order was given by Tim Cook, who explained his decision by the fact that if you pay employees only part of the sick-list, they will probably go to work before their recovery and re-populate even more people.
Closing Apple Store
Apple is rather reluctant to close the Apple Store, but it has been forced to do this twice. The first time in China, and the second time in Italy, which became known last night. But since this is the most radical measure that you could imagine, Cupertino figured out how to avoid this in regions where the coronavirus is still not so strong. In order not to provoke the spread of the disease, Apple decided to reduce the number of visitors that may be present in the store by half from the usual indicators, and also forbade employees to approach each other and customers closer than three steps. It will be difficult to say whether this will save them, because the coronavirus is transmitted by airborne droplets and is extremely volatile.
Is it possible to measure headphones and watches
Apple understands this well, and therefore decided to introduce restrictions on the fitting of wearable electronics like AirPods and Apple Watch. This demand appeared just yesterday, because it wasn’t on Monday. It consists in not offering visitors to try on headphones, smart watches, bracelets and other accessories that require direct contact with the human body. Of course, if you want to try on something, no one will forbid you from this, but they will certainly not offer it. But since this is unsafe, I think that in the current conditions this is really a working precaution.
How to handle smartphone from coronavirus
Now, all visitors to the Apple Store who have not yet closed should be required to receive medical masks at the entrance, to disinfect their hands in a special device, and only then they will be allowed to enter the store and contact with devices on display cases. But even after this, store employees are required to disinfect the products that visitors interacted with by wiping them with an alcohol solution. Apple recommends that users do the same with their personal devices, recommending a 70 percent solution of isopropyl alcohol or Clorox wipes for disinfection.