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Silicon Valley Takes COVID-19 Spring Break

Three years ago Apple Computer employees began moving into a new $5 billion campus called Apple Park located in Cupertino, CA. This state-of-the-art facility envisioned by company co-founder Steve Jobs and completed years after his death resembles a recently landed spaceship and is the most expensive building project in America. Yesterday Apple asked its 12,000 employees who work at the Silicon Valley office park to stay at home and telecommute to the office if they could. Santa Clara County has 20+ confirmed cases of the coronavirus and is asking large technology companies to keep employees out of the office as a precaution.

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All the MAGA Tech Sector companies are falling in line – Microsoft, Apple,, Google and Amazon are asking their employees to work from home for the next few weeks and this is impacting life in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area. Facebook has 14,000 workers in San Francisco who have been asked to work from home and cancel all business travel in the near future. All 5,000 Twitter employees world wide will work from home for the foreseeable future with no return date declared.

All U.S. tech companies are recalculating their 2020 financial projections as they consider the infection in China and how that will impact supply chains and global trade. Now that the virus is spreading in North America the effects of coronavirus are personal and transformational. All over the world large scale business meetings, festivals like SXSW in Austin and Trade Shows are all being canceled in an effort to keep this contagion from becoming a full blown pandemic.

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