The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus has caused major complications in the world of tech, specifically in South East Asia. There are three main impacts that this article points out. The first is companies such as Apple, Samsung, and Tesla closing their stores in China with no set date of reopening. The second is a shortage in the manufacturing sector. Because China is such a tech manufacturing hub, many experts believe that the shortage of workers and inadequate working conditions will cause a shortage of devices such as smartphones and VR headsets. The third issue is travel, specifically for conferences involving tech. In the article, the Mobile World Congress conference being held in Barcelona is cited as an example where multiple companies have decided not to attend, fearing further exposure to the Coronavirus.
This diseases has caused countless problems around the world, and has even left many people dead. It is imperative for companies to take the necessary precautions to protect their workers, even if it means at the expense of profit. Tech companies that manufacture primarily in China and South East Asia are in a tough situation, in which they either must decide to halt production and find an alternative, or try to stay put and strategically decide when the time is appropriate to continue.