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Technology Becoming the Solution Amidst Current Health Crisis

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

The current health crisis the world is facing has certainly shaken many aspects

of our daily lives. Daily routines and work lives have been affected heavily, with

some facing financial repercussions.

As we potentially face a lengthy spell being home-bound, with social distancing

a priority, the aid of digital and technology is at the forefront of aiding business

for various reasons.

Businesses that may not be able to conduct day-to-day operations in the office

at the moment, can use an alternative strategy in remote working. Video

conferences are a very suitable to solution to conducting team meetings or

one-to-one conversations. Digital Marketers are still able to work on websites

and social media profiles; should they have the necessary login information.

The world of digital and ecommerce are operating as usual, with the rise of

online retail activity taking a significant up-rise since the health crisis began.

Digital content and subscription services such as Netflix saw a growth of 12.4%

and online takeaways sales grew by 8.7%. Netflix and YouTube recently

announced that they reducing streaming quality in Europe to prevent the

internet from “crashing”. This is due to the unprecedented usage due to the

Coronavirus outbreak.

"We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by

around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members," a

Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Google, which owns YouTube, said: "We will continue

working with member state governments and network operators to minimize

stress on the system, while also delivering a good user experience."

As many look to battle potential boredom during this period, online streaming

material has become the number-one go-to in order to kill spare time.

The educational system has also been affected heavily by the coronavirus

outbreak, as GSCE and A-Level exams have been postponed. There are worries

as to how students will be able to prepare should exam recommence later in

the year. Students at that level will be able to find some material online to

help their revision; should their school or college provide. Younger children can

also home-school by taking online classes as they stay at home.

There has even been talk of smartphones playing a key part in tracking

coronavirus. As security agencies, internet companies and mobile network

owners know – these devices track your every movement, 24 hours a day,

seven days a week, 365 days a year. This could help to ensure that the advice

for social distancing in the UK is being followed.


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