Reddit’s cofounder took out ads in a nearly empty Times Square urging people to stay home

March 2020

Reddit cofounder and venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian bought a billboard in Times Square, the heart of New York City tourism, on Saturday, urging people to stay home, Forbes reported. The worldwide death toll of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, that originated in Wuhan, China, is now more than 6,500, and the virus has infected more than 169,000 people.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines, and other breakdowns in movement. New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington state, among other US locations, have closed bars and restaurants except for takeout as experts warn about the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of the virus.

Ohanian told Forbes that the idea of advertising on a billboard like this “just kind of popped in my head.”

Via: Business Insider