Coronavirus: how technology is helping people stay connected during social isolation and lockdowns


Coronavirus: how technology is helping people stay connected during social isolation and lockdowns

With many countries in lockdown and Australians urged not to interact socially, it would be easy to completely disconnect from the world.

In the video above: Joe Wicks on his online PE sessions

Luckily, thanks to technology and some people thinking outside the box, there are plenty of ways to stay in touch and keep your mind active while in isolation or quarantine.

At home personal training

The 80’s may have had Aerobics Oz Style, but in 2020 the options are endless if you’re looking for some isolation exercise techniques.

One man, dubbed the ‘world’s PE teacher’, has started live and free daily fitness classes on Youtube.

Joe Wicks has more than three million people, including parents and children, tuning in and taking part.

“It’s called ‘The Body Coach TV’ and what I’m doing is I’m engaging parents, children…having fun, bouncing around the living room and basically just trying to lift their energy and mood for the day,” Wicks told Weekend Sunrise.

“The response has been incredible – I’m seeing toddlers and parents training together for the first time and it’s really bringing together at a time (when) we need to be energised and feeling optimistic,” he said.

The British fitness coach, TV presenter and author is also a father of two.

“This whole thing I’m doing, it really is aimed at children because obviously parents are at home and have to entertain them and get their kids moving.

“But you can get involved even if you’re a beginner…and do a little bit of basic movement.”

Wicks says he will continue the sessions for the foreseeable future.

Virtually social

While many of us are familiar with FaceTime and Messenger, the video chat landscape has become a lot more fun with apps House Party and Marco Polo shooting to the top of the download charts.

“With FaceTime, it’s really a one-on-one type of thing,” says Sunrise tech expert Val Quinn.

Technology keeping people in touch in lockdown.

“With House Party, the idea is that you can connect to up to eight friends, but the friends of those friends can join in as well.”

Video conferencing software company Zoom has seen it’s stock double as employees look to link up while working from home.

Normally a standard among offices, it’s also finding a place in the consumer market.

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“The idea with Zoom is that you can have up to 1,000 people all part of the same video conference, you can share your screen or a whiteboard…so you can get lots of work done,” Quinn says.

“You can run it on a computer, you can run it on iPhone or an Android phone…so it can pretty much work across all devices.”


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