Cummiskey’s Corner: Staying connected during the big ‘Rona

Communications Concept – Tin can telephones with string connection

by Nelson Cummiskey

Staying Connected During Quarantine

            It is important now more than ever to be able to stay connected to friends and family during this time of crisis. This is for physical needs such as making sure people aren’t sick or asking if they need anything. It is also important for your mental health. People are social beings. Not having any interaction with people outside of your home can be harmful and there are a surprising amount of ways to get in touch with people you don’t live with.

            There are so many new ways to talk to people that are only possible with modern technology. You can FaceTime someone, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp video call, snapchat videocall, etc. All these apps and programs are great ways of keeping in touch with someone and having a real face to face discussion. These apps also make doing things like classes and other social gatherings possible safely. Many people have Zoom meetings with their friends, not just for work but to catch up and maybe get a little sliver of comfort. Technology is really something that can bring us closer together during this time.

            Another fun way of staying connected to the outside world is to use the old fashion way of communicating, sending letters. It may seem outdated and that’s because it is. You can send a message across the world in two seconds these days so there isn’t much use for sending letters in the mail. However, it is fun. Sending a friend a letter is a way of showing them that you care about them enough to take time out of your day to put thought into a hand written letter and then pay money to get stamps and send it in the mail. And then the suspense of waiting for a response is like no other. Truly thrilling, and very entertaining in a quarantine situation.

            It is important for us to keep connected with people during this time, because there will come a day when we are let back outside. When that day comes, we have to keep our minds on straight when we are overloaded with social activity. I personally can’t wait to see all my friends again and I know that most people share the same sentiment. For now we have to stay strong and do the best we can with what we’ve got.

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