Chan Zuckerberg Initiative employee diagnosed with coronavirus

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative employee diagnosed with coronavirus

The news followed a previous statement from CZI that stated a relative of an employee had been diagnosed with the virus

According to a CZI spokesperson, a CZI employee was diagnosed with coronavirus on Thursday evening. This news followed a previous statement from CZI that stated a relative of an employee had been diagnosed with the virus. CZI, based in Redwood City, California, told employees in that office to work from home until March 23

A Chan Zuckerberg Initiative worker has reported being diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus, a CZI spokesperson said in a statement. All employees have been notified, including those who were in close contact with the person. We will continue to take all necessary steps in line with public health protocols.

The employee and his or her relative are now in quarantine and receiving treatment, according to CZI.

Days after Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook about the work that his philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was doing to help combat coronavirus, the Initiative’s headquarters has gotten closer to the virus in an unexpected way.

According to a CZI spokesperson, a relative of a CZI contractor has been diagnosed with coronavirus. CZI, based in Redwood City, California, told employees in that office to work from home the rest of this week.

Out of an abundance of caution following an employee’s exposure to a relative recently diagnosed with COVID-19, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative instituted mandatory work from home for all employees through the end of the week to allow for a deep clean of all facilities, according to a statement provided by a CZI spokesperson. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take all necessary steps in line with public health protocols to ensure the health of our employees and the broader community.

The news follows announcements from Zuckerberg in a Facebook post on Tuesday about the different ways that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as well as Facebook itself, are working to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

In the post, Zuckerberg said CZI, cofounded with his wife, Priscilla Chan, had partnered with Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates’ foundation and researchers in Cambodia sequenced the full genome of the virus that causes coronavirus. The team then made a public version of the tool that it used to sequence the virus, so that scientists around the world can study the full genome.

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a team within CZI that brings together scientists and engineers to fight all disease, has been working on a cell atlas—a mapping of different cell types in the human body, including cells in the lung. Zuckerberg said researchers are using this to investigate how to limit lung damage and address symptoms of coronavirus.

This work fits in with one of CZI’s moonshot missions—to cure all disease on the planet within the Facebook executive’s children’s lifetimes.

As the world races to contain the virus itself, as well as misinformation around the virus, the markets have felt the burn. Facebook’s stock in the last month has lost nearly 11% of its value. Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO of Facebook, retains a net worth of $69.5 billion. In December 2015, he made a pledge to give away 99% of his Facebook stake over his lifetime to charity.

As for what efforts Facebook is making, Zuckerberg said the social network will remove “false claims and conspiracy theories that have been flagged by global health organizations” as well as “blocking people from running ads that try to exploit the situation—for example, claiming that their product can cure disease.”

In the past, Facebook has made efforts to ban ads that contain misinformation—especially around health—but it has sometimes been with limited success.

Zuckerberg also disclosed that researchers are using aggregated and anonymised Facebook data, such as mobility data and population density maps, to track how the virus is spreading.

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