San Francisco – Some Google employees are worried they did not tell them earlier that a colleague with measles has been circling buildings at the Silicon Valley headquarters – including a restaurant at the university – two weeks ago, according to the forum's internal opinions , seen by BuzzFeed News
Many discuss how to protect themselves and their families and to what extent they may be at risk of the highly contagious virus after they find that the unidentified person has spent time in an office building in Mountain View April 4th.
A select group of employees learned about the incident more than a week later, on April 1
However, for many other staff, the news report was the first time they heard about the potential health risks at their university where thousands work because they are not wider. message by Thursday. Some were irritated that their employer did not sound faster and wider.
"A little upset that I had to figure out about this through this group, through an article from BuzzFeed News and not from an official domestic Google
On Thursday morning, the staff surgeon sent a message to multiple internal employee groups, assuring them that they are safe, recognizing that their communication is "slow". 19659003] BuzzFeed News has learned that a potentially infected person not only visits the 1295 Charleston Road office but also goes out to Fishfood Cafe, a five-minute walk away. It's unclear how busy the restaurant is that it serves shellfish, grilled fish and other tickets for free, but at the same time, Google stands out for workers with free meals to keep them on the spot.
A health alert at the restaurant informs customers that "a person who may have been contagious with measles" was there from 6 to 19:50 on April 4, according to a flash flyer dated Tuesday.
"Measles are spreading very easily in the air," he notes.
The reported case is part of a historic revival of measles in the United States. At least 555 people are infected this year with the virus, which was eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC. Public health experts blame part of the spread of falsity of anti-vaccines on social media platforms – including Google's YouTube, which has recently removed advertisements from well-known anti-vaccine video channels under public pressure. the virus develops from exposure to the first rash, according to the CDC. People can spread it four days before four days after a rash occurred. After the BuzzFeed News story was published on Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health confirmed that an unnamed elderly resident of San Mateo "who visited Google" had catching up with measles. The infection is not related to other cases in the county and there is no additional health risk. A spokesman for Google confirmed on Thursday that the person is a Mountain View-based employee.
The agency told Google about the diagnosis late last Friday. The company then informed "all colleagues who may have been around this individual" and "cautious," all who work in 1295 Charleston, and in the neighborhood in 1245 Charleston, the staff of Dr. David Kay told employees in their email on Thursday. Google shared with BuzzFeed News.
Man was only in Mountain View College on April 4th, while potentially infected, Kay writes, and Google "does not know about other cases."
"I apologize for a slow response here and I very much regret that makes people worry, he writes. But he added that this news "we will hope to assure you".
For some Google employees, especially those with children, this calming may have been too little and too late.
"I only saw the following notice," one employee writes in an inner group called "Expecting New Parents," linking to the BuzzFeed News story. – Has anyone seen the detailed route? We have a newborn at home and wonder if we should ask for the vaccine as a special case. "This is very important … and I would like to know more," he added.
public health at Fishfood Cafe, another employee writes: "I'm not sure why REWS or GSOC do not send this." These are obvious references to the Real Estate and Services Company at the workplace and the Global Operations Security Center
Some Workers Wondered if a shot of measles would help protect them. "I hope Google can offer a clinic on site, as they do for the flu," he writes. (CDC says booster is not needed for people who have received two doses as children)
At Google's office in Kirkland, Washington, a state that had a measles outbreak earlier this year, a team manager for food in the office circulated news in a note that also includes previous precautions and proposals for preventive action.
"Although there is a very low probability of spreading the virus, we have many visitors in our campuses and they may have been exposed unconsciously,"
Meanwhile, a Google employee called on his colleagues not to fall into the conspiracy theories that they may encounter on Google.
"Scared … people, please do not believe everything you see on the internet – the ground is not flat, 9/11 is not invented by government cheating and it turns out that vaccination and your children are actually a good thing ! "