When coronavirus fears threaten big gatherings, remember this

( CNN) As new cases of coronavirus arise in the United States( with a handful of deaths once recorded in Washington state ), and amid a largely inept federal response, many organizations are facing a question: Can we still gather?

Leaders of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, which was set to potentially introducing more than 10,000 beings to San Antonio this week decided to keep the event on, stimulus AWP co-director Diane Zinna to resign in protest. SXSW knocks off in 10 days, but a few big companies have gathered out.
Organizers have said the festival will go on — a letter public health officials in Austin reiterated Wednesday — but another virus eruption could change everything very quickly. Google canceled its largest annual contest. More than a dozen other corporations have canceled, deferred or formed strategy assembles online-only.