When Kary Wayson walked through empty Seattle streets last week, she didn't realize she was heading to her last shift at work.
"It seemed like all of a sudden Seattle itself took a nosedive," she says.
Her city had become an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Parking lots, typically jammed, were deserted. Shop fronts had handwritten "Closed" signs on their windows.
The restaurant where Wayson had been a waitress for almost 16 years tried limiting the menu and cutting back hours.