Use Tech to Stay Connected During Self Isolation
Stay connected with your friends and family members while in UK lockdown by using video chat services and social media, among others.
07:54 27 March 2020
Stricter measures to ensure that Brits stay indoors have been recently implemented by the UK government. To ensure social distancing is strictly observed amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the national government has given the police the go-ahead to issue fines to anyone leaving their house without a valid reason.
Because of this, more and more people feel the effect of self-isolation.
A spokesperson for the mental health charity, Mind, said: “Connecting with other people is a really important way of maintaining your wellbeing and mental health during self-isolation.
“Make plans to have regular calls with friends and family over Skype or on the phone. You could also investigate if there are any online peer support groups that you could join or helplines that may be useful for you.”
The use of video chat is highly recommended as social gatherings are temporarily banned. Skype and FaceTime are two video calling platforms that you can use for that much-needed face-to-face contact.
Twitter user, Karen Webber, said: “My son reads to members of the family via video call.
It keeps us in touch and it gives him something to do for 15 minutes a day!”
Another user said: “My mum lives alone and is at risk due to several cancers and having one kidney.
“We’re going to ‘do lunch’ every day via WhatsApp video chat.”