The rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is triggering a frenzy of reactions across the globe. As of Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorized the disease as a pandemic. In the U.S., businesses are urging employees to work from home, many universities are closing their campuses and switching to online classes, and even professional sports teams will begin playing their games without fans in attendance.
The threat extends well beyond borders, as operations of all sizes are halting in attempts to curb the virus’s spread. The closures have now extended to the planet’s geographic extremes, as professional mountaineer and CEO of Alpenglow Expeditions Adrian Ballinger stated that China has prohibited Mount Everest expeditions for the season.