The White House will gather representatives from major tech companies on Wednesday to coordinate their response to the Politico reported. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter will apparently join in person or via teleconference.outbreak,
The report cited the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and noted that US Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios will lead the meeting.
Neither Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft nor Twitter immediately responded to requests for comment, nor did the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Tech companies haveby instructing employees to work from home, canceling conferences and taking steps to combat misinformation on their platforms.
The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into an illness known as, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. It has now infected and caused more than 4,300 deaths globally. The US has more than 1,000 confirmed causes.
The Politico report suggested the White House meeting will likely focus on disinformation and misinformation. Companies like Apple and Amazon have also beenas a result of the virus outbreak.
Apple, which is one of the most highly valued companies in the world, said in February that it expected reduced supplies of its iPhones, which will also likely lead to lower sales. Smartphone giant Samsung has also reportedly slowed production of some devices amid coronavirus outbreaks in its home country of South Korea.
Companies like Apple, Google, Twitter and Facebook have also pledged to pay hourly workers affected by the virus. And Uber, Lyft, Doordash and Postmates are considering financial payments to help drivers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
President Donald Trump has said he wants to help workers impacted by the virus to ensure they’re “not going to miss a paycheck.”