Coronavirus: Silicon Valley streets have emptied

Silicon Valley locked down because of coronavirus.
David Tollner gets text messages telling him when meals are placed outside the door of the family guest room, where he was banished after developing a cough.
His wife Mitra Ahani is taking no chances as the coronavirus pandemic spreads in the United States, even though she knows her husband may have no more than a common cold.
When Tollner returned to their home near Santa Cruz from a conference in Baltimore, she steered him directly to the shower, leaving doors open so he wouldn’t touch them, and wiped down his suitcase with bleach.
When he started coughing, Tollner was relegated to a spare room and Ahani locked him in the guest room.
“He probably caught a little cold out there. But it scared the daylights out of him, and he needed that.”
Tollner relies on his laptop and smartphone to run his law firm in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose.
Like tens of millions across the United States, where school districts are closing one after the other and firms are massively encouraging telework
The family is avoiding going out, relying for daily life on many of the technologies invented or refined in the area.
Ahani orders most of what they need from an online grocery delivery service, wearing gloves and wiping down goods with sanitizer when they arrive.
Martha Lackritz-Peltier, an attorney at nonprofit group TechSoup, is working from her home in Oakland, where her companions include two dogs and hummingbirds flitting about the garden.
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Remote collaboration platform Slack has been speaking with companies of all sizes about tools and techniques for employees to work together in real-time while being physically apart.
“Isolation is one of the biggest threats to a team’s engagement and motivation, and it can happen silently day by day,”
“Maintaining camaraderie, encouragement, and collaboration can make all the difference in the weeks ahead.”
Across Silicon Valley, streets have emptied as the pandemic takes hold, claiming more than 50 lives so far in the United States.
People were few and far between at the “Googleplex” in Mountain View midday on Thursday, a time when throngs typically stroll, sun or grab meals at the cornucopia of food trucks or cuisine stations on the tech giant’s campus.
A Googler wearing eyeglasses with tiger-stripe frames stood alone in the shade of a tree near a daily “Block Party” lunchtime event for employees on campus.
“At least the block party was a lot better today — there were no lines,” he said.
At Facebook’s closed campus in the nearby city of Menlo Park, valets stood idle in mostly empty parking lots usually crammed to overfilling.
Empty shuttle buses came and went from vacant stops. No one could be seen in the town-square style center courtyard at One Hacker Way, and birdsong was the only tweeting of note.
Foot traffic was scarce in Palo Alto, a social hub for Silicon Valley as well as nearby Stanford University, which has suspended in-person classes.

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