Yesterday, a student tweeted and asked me to keep everyone updated on the new coronavirus. He said he went to New York's Lakeland Central School District, which is closed because of virus concerns.
And yesterday on the U.S. West Coast, the governor of Washington state told school districts there to get ready for possible closures. This is just one effect of the quickly spreading virus.
Thursday night's NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors is scheduled to be played without fans. Saudi Arabia just announced it was closing movie theaters across the country. And India says anyone who's traveling there after visiting hard-hit countries like China and Italy will be quarantined for at least two weeks.
The World Health Organization, part of the United Nations, has declared that the new coronavirus is a pandemic, meaning it has spread worldwide.
The group says this is the first time that a coronavirus, a type of disease that can cause respiratory problems, has caused a pandemic, but it added that several countries have shown the virus can be suppressed and controlled.
BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Around the country tonight, some workplaces are telling their employees -- stay home because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tech giants Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are asking employees in Seattle to work from home when possible with the encouragement of local officials.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are encouraging employers to maximize telecommuting.
TODD: Other employers are preparing to make that move. NASA and JPMorgan Chase are preparing by conducting one-day telework practice runs.
In New York state, a few thousand people have been asked to self- quarantine.
Teleworking, teleconferencing, refraining from travel, getting much of our work done at home could soon be much more commonplace.
The University of Washington in Seattle said classrooms will be shuttered for the next two weeks.