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Friday, March 20, 2020

Get yourself connected

In these times of social distancing and self-isolation, technology will come to the rescue

If you’re still reeling from the extraordinary turn of events that has befallen us over the last few weeks, you may be feeling helpless or overwhelmed. At times like these, it can be most productive to channel our energy into positive actions and this is where innovation can really come into its own.

Over the weeks and months to come, normal socialising and face-to-face contact with many of our friends and family will not be possible. Thank goodness then, for the digital technology that has become such a ubiquitous – or in some quarters, much-maligned – part of our daily lives in recent years.

The coronavirus outbreak will see many people in ‘at risk’ groups heading into long periods of self-isolation soon, if they haven’t already. Among the highest risk groups are the over-70s, so now is a great time to make sure that your parents, grandparents and elderly friends are well-equipped to stay connected digitally, even if they have to stay indoors.

There are plenty of tech-savvy septuagenarians out there, but if your older relatives have smartphones, you can help by double-checking that they understand how to use the video call and streaming functions. If you’re able to safely do so, getting your grandparents hooked up to Skype, FaceTime or any other visual communication app would be much appreciated before you have to switch to virtual encounters.

Stay safe everybody – and stay connected!

We’re still working hard to support UK industry by keeping going, within safe guidelines, while the pandemic crisis unfolds. Innovative businesses will need even more help and support than ever now so, if you’re working on a communication innovation that could help the world stay in touch, we want to hear about it. You could be eligible for R&D tax credits!

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