How To Stay Connected During Coronavirus: Whether you are self-isolating or social distancing, you can still keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. I’ve listed ten ideas which you can investigate further to find one which suits you best. My Ten Ways To Stay Connected During Coronavirus List includes plans for individuals and businesses no matter how tech-savvy you are. My list starts with a few easy ways of connecting, including telephone calls, sending a text or even a letter. With most of us using social media it will be easy, but you may have to find suitable ways for a senior citizen or someone who doesn’t use a device (mobile phone, computer, tablet) to stay in touch.
10 Ways To Stay Connected During Coronavirus List
- Letter Writing
- Facebook Messenger
- Houseparty App
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Ten Ways To Stay Connected During Coronavirus Details
Telephone: Most of us have a mobile phone or landline. It’s time to pick up the phone and speak to a loved one.
Text: If you are speaking to your loved ones regularly follow up with a daily text to say hi.
Letters: If your granny or grandad don’t want to use a mobile phone, app or computer, perhaps you can ask them to send a letter instead. You will have to open the letter wearing gloves, of course! The challenge will be how to get a letter posted to you when the seniors have to stay inside. Perhaps they can leave it on their doormat, and you can pick it up if you live locally. Or ask the neighbour to put it in the post box. Failing that they can hold the letter up to a window for you to read. Supply writing paper, pens, envelopes and stamps to grandma and grandpa now, but leave them on the doorstep!
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WhatsApp: The easy to use messenger service allows you to send texts and voice messages, or you can connect using voice calls and video calls. Either reach out to an individual or set up a group. If you have an Android or iPhone, you can use WhatsApp on your computer. For more information, go to the WhatsApp Website.
Facebook: Perhaps it’s time to set up a Facebook account for your granny. It’s an accessible social media network to use where you can share thoughts, pictures, music and videos with your friends and family. Perhaps you’ve avoided joining due to various reasons, but maybe you will want to reconsider now. Read the ‘How Do I Create A Facebook Account’ page for guidance.
Facebook Messenger: If you are on Facebook, you can message a friend who is also on Facebook and have a live chat with them. To get started download the Facebook Messenger app onto your Android or iOS (Apple) device. Once you set up your account, you can text or video chat and send silly stickers or cute emojis. If you find texting difficult, try the recording a voice message instead. Even if you are not on Facebook, you can also use the app. Set up a group on Messenger with your friends or family so you can all stay connected. Other features include sending money securely and playing games with friends. For more information, go to the Messenger Website.
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Houseparty: Many young people are downloading the Houseparty app onto their mobile phones. If they can’t go out and party, they can still connect with friends and people they don’t know. The face to face social media app might be the perfect way for young people to keep their distance without feeling isolated. The app can is available for apple, android, mac and chrome devices. For more information, go to the Houseparty Website.
Skype: A lot of businesses already use Skype, the telecommunications application with a focus on video and voice chats for individuals or groups. Skype can be used on a mobile, tablet and computer. It is free but to use the essential functions, but if you want to pay as you go or buy a subscription, you can purchase additional features. For more information, go to the Skype Website.
Zoom: Another brilliant way of connecting with work colleagues and clients is via Zoom. Features include virtual meetings, webinars, conference room, a phone system and cross-platform messages and file sharing. The basic package is free. If you have further requirements, the Pro package is £11.99 per month, and the Business package is £15.99 per month while the Enterprise is £15.99 per month. For more information, go to the Zoom Website.
LinkedIn: If you are a freelancer, self-employed, business owner or an employee, you might want to connect with like-minded people facing similar business challenges during the Coronavirus pandemic. LinkedIn is a social media platform dedicated to professionals. It is free to join, and if you haven’t already become a member, you may want to build up your connections and CV now. That way, you will be ready when you can find a job when social distancing and self-isolation ends. It is free to join, but you might want to invest in the Premium Package. Use the messaging service to keep in contact with clients and colleagues. For more information, go to the LinkedIn Website.
Other Ways To Stay Connected During Coronavirus
There are so many different ways we can stay connected during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are using social media platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, etc. you can connect with your followers and friends. If your grandma or grandad are having difficulty connecting with the outside world, they can sellotape a message to a window which family or passersby can read. It’s time to think of creative ways to connect.
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Author: Homegirl London who is self-isolating at home with her laptop! Photographs: Call Me Art Print from Doodlemoo at notonthehighstreet.com, Letter Writing Set from Ella James Designs at notonthehighstreet.com and Social Media Addict Desk Plate from Flamingo Candles at notonthehighstreet.com. Disclosure: This feature includes the following affiliate partners – notonthehighstreet.com (if you click through from my website and purchase items from the affiliates, I will earn a small commission). Please note that I wanted images for the feature which I used from an affiliate partner and I have to put a link to their website to do this.