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How is technology helping us to survive the pandemic without missing out on the essentials?

We had seen symptoms such as dearth of food, people standing in never-ending queues, and the residential areas turning into ghost towns, but only in movies. But this is what the people of the nation are observing now. The sense of separation is also intensifying with this extended lockdown.

I recently finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown and couldn’t help but think about the Black Death and how COVID-19 has affected the human race in a similar manner in terms of growing uncertainty. 

Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus

And that’s fear.

 The Great Plague, peaking in the 14th century, is the most fatal pandemic the world has ever seen. It had a huge impact on Europe’s economy partly because people couldn’t step out of their homes to work. A decline in elementary, secondary, and higher education is attributed to The Great Death. But this is a different era. We may be able to survive this coronavirus pandemic by staying connected, while simultaneously doing our work or focusing on our education. The availability of urbane technologies has proven to be critical in combating the feeling of isolation these days.

Isn’t it amazing how mankind’s brainpower has led to progression in technology? And that too, to such an extent where we can do all our work and be in touch with everyone without even stepping out! Let’s look at 3 ways in which technology is helping us survive the pandemic without having the fear of missing out. 

 

 

Generation X and Baby Boomers

 

 

Our parents, uncles, aunts, and the elderly folks have never been that curious about technology. Most of them have always preferred doing it all the old way. But this pandemic has modified their needs a little, and their exposure to social media has increased multiple folds.

Being stuck at home, they have started relying on phones and tablets for pretty much everything: watching the news, entertainment, talking to the loved ones, discussions about everyday problems, or playing games with friends and family. With their new love for technology, some elderly folks are leading a more socially active life than before. 

Their dependency on social media has highlighted the need to educate them about unverified information and why they should think twice before forwarding such news to others.

 

Students

 

 

Students everywhere have been affected as physical classroom study is on hold due to the pandemic. Schools and colleges are conducting online classes and some are even indulging in online standardized tests.  Web based video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, WebEx, and Google Hangout have gained popularity as they are adequate for teachers to hold online classes and discussions. Because of the outbreak, some of these apps have removed their time and user capacity restrictions and that too free of cost. 

With such video conferencing options and online classes, the students are not forced to miss out on their education. It is too soon to say how efficient these methods are; nonetheless, these are enough for the students to learn without endangering themselves.

 

Professionals

 

 

For all of us who were habituated to that 9 to 5 office schedule, the various applications and platforms have helped us do all our work while enjoying the comfort of our couch. Work from home has been a well known concept, but we never thought of using this privilege on a daily basis. The advancement of technology has provided us with enough tools to utilize this time while working at home quite efficiently. For sharing files online, we can use cloud storage services such as Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. Meetings can be held online via video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Skype for Business. Moreover, we also have project management tools available these days. Tools such as Basecamp allow you to add team members and assign tasks to them under a particular project, and it also allows you to monitor the progress.

 

-Ishani Singh


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