As the coronavirus—the infection that causes the illness COVID-19—has quickly spread across the world, global industries have struggled to adjust as businesses shut down and international travel slows to a trickle. Airlines are in free fall, cruise lines have suspended operation and retailers are closing stores, while ad agencies are now working remotely.
Since China reported initial cases of an unusual pneumonia to the World Health Organization in December, governments in 201 countries globally have reported cases of the virus, according to the WHO. Over 509,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 23,000 deaths worldwide have been reported.
The current death toll in the United States is 1,246, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 85,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed across the country. Over the course of the last week the numbers in New York have skyrocketed, making the state an epicenter of the global pandemic. According to the New York Department of Health, more than 25,000 people in New York City alone have tested positive for the virus.