The dreadful effects of the COVID-19 disease are being felt around the world. We are all finding new ways of living that will hopefully reduce the life-threatening effects of this disease. One important practice is Social Distancing. Unfortunately, this can induce a feeling of isolation if we do not find ways of combating this.
The Importance of Social Distancing
Social Distancing means that we should stay at least 2 m away from any other person. By practicing social distancing we can slow the spread of the virus. By doing so we can help keep the number of people who are sick at one time manageable for healthcare workers. This is sometimes referred to as “flattening the curve”. By practicing social distancing you are helping protect not only yourself but others too.
Creative Ways of Connecting
If you are practising Social Distancing, how can you stay connected? There are more ways than you might imagine. Almost everyone now has a smartphone. With these, you can arrange a 1-on-1 video call so that you can see each other.
But what if you celebrate something that is very important like a birthday or a wedding anniversary? Or perhaps you just want to stay in touch on a regular basis with a group get-together? For that, you’d need to arrange a video event.
Provided each participant has a video display of some kind, then a video event can be arranged. In this way, small groups of people in different locations can all see each other and be seen. The host for the event lets everyone know it is happening and invites them in. Only those who are invited get to participate. They can do this via their smartphone, a laptop, tablet, smart TV, or a Smart Speaker with a screen like Echo Show or Google Nest Hub.
Video Event Software
There are a variety of software you can use for video events. To an extent, this will depend on the equipment that each of your invitees has. All of them are practical options and will be suitable for most situations. Here are some of the most popular:
FaceTime for the Apple Family
In some family groups, everyone is an Apple enthusiast. In this situation, everyone can use FaceTime with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It is even possible to use FaceTime on your Apple TV if you are into some big celebration. In all other cases, a cross-platform solution is required as listed above.
TechieLiving Can Help You Set up Your Celebration
If you have never set up a video event, where do you start? TechieLiving will be most happy to work with you in setting up your celebration. Perhaps you are a senior who would like to invite your family members to such an event, or just to participate in such events they organize. If you feel isolated, you may not know where you can get advice on the best way to do this. In all cases, this will be done in a way that avoids any possibility of virus transfer. Why not contact us now to get the ball rolling.
Further reading on this topic
A great deal is being written on this topic and the following articles are just a selection of what you will find.
- 7 Steps to a Zoom Meeting Free of Hackers
- Social distancing and why it helps during a pandemic
- 20 creative ways people have celebrated weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries while keeping their social distance
- Feeling lonely? Here’s how to host a virtual get-together with friends and family
- Apps to keep us connected in a time of social distancing