Satya Nadella weighs in on the Coronavirus crisis

Satya Nadella

In a new article done by the Seattle Times, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admits to feeling some of the personal anxiety many of his employees have shared about the coronavirus pandemic.

He gets a little personal about how it’s impacting his family.

His son, Zain, 23, is a legally blind quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, which weakens his immune system and requires constant care in what Nadella likens to “a nursing home” at the family’s Medina residence.

While navigating the crisis, attempting to marshal forces within his company to become “first responders to the first responders” in the medical and scientific communities, Nadella and his wife, Anu, are also ensuring their immediate family and son’s caregivers aren’t exposed to COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

“At some point, either someone close to us or within the family is going to be affected by it if we don’t find the treatment or the vaccine,” Nadella, 52, told The Seattle Times in a Saturday interview, speaking of the population as a whole. “And so, one of the keys for us has been the protocols inside the house.

“We are in uncharted territory,” he wrote. “Much is unknown, and I know how unsettling and uncertain this feels. Like many of you, there have been times over the past weeks where it has felt overwhelming and all-encompassing for me. I worry about the health and safety of my family, my co-workers and friends. My wife and I worry for her aging parents, who are far away from us in India.

“I see the struggle in our local community, and around the world, the empty streets and restaurants, and I wonder when our social fabric will be restored.”

As the CEO of one of the world’s most powerful software companies, Nadella added that Microsoft is in a position to help slow the pandemic by demonstrating leadership in the face of adversity and maximizing the company’s biggest strength — bringing people, ideas and solutions together quickly through tech.

He mentioned the company’s work to bring “trusted news and facts” about COVID-19 to LinkedIn members and on Bing, while working with Facebook, Google and Twitter to bring “authoritative content” to those platforms and “combat fraud and misinformation about the virus.”

Read more about his stance on Covid-19.

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