On the other hand, the people of the U.S. are concerned with the ongoing spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19 which is increasingly spreading all over the world and has taken a toll on a number of lives already.
In the release, Bridenstine stated that "Although a limited amount of employees have tested positive for COVID-19, it is imperative that we take this pre-emptive step to thwart further spreading of the virus among the workforce and our communities". "I've directed employees to take home their laptop computer, power cord, NASA badge, and any other equipment needed to work effectively from an alternate location, as well as essential personal items they may need", Bridenstine said.
"Agency leadership will continue to monitor the rapidly-evolving risks COVID-19 poses to our workforce. Thank you for your vigilance and flexibility".
The last stage of the Response Framework is Stage 4 and, so far, no NASA facility has been moved to that stage. At that final stage, no exceptions are made for mission-essential personnel; all NASA facilities are closed, "except to protect life and critical infrastructure", and all travel is suspended. All travels will be suspended as well. COVID-19, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, is forcing a series of unprecedented actions to be taken by governments, employers and citizens in an effort to stem the rapid rate of transmission and lower the overall impact of the viral disease.
Despite all the disruptions and adjustments to the space industry, however, NASA still put out an invitation to the media for NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 flight test wherein two astronauts will be sent to the International Space Station.