Living in Lockdown: How Technology Helped People During the Pandemic

Technology has never been more important than these days when the pandemic continues to affect people around the country. Even as many people continue to stay home to stop the spread of the virus, technology allowed them to perform daily tasks through the internet.

Here are some ways technology was able to help people cope with the current health crisis.

Better Healthcare

The current health crisis has made it challenging for people to consult their doctors since visiting their offices increases their risk of getting the virus. But telemedicine allowed them to see their doctors even without leaving their homes. Their doctors provided them with the recommendations they needed to deal with simple ailments. It also allowed the doctors to see if there was a need to see their patients in their clinics.

Technology also saw the creation of wearables and apps that allowed people to monitor their health. These wearables and apps checked their pulse rates, sugar levels, and even blood pressure without going to the doctor’s office.

Online Shopping

online shopping

The pandemic also changed the way people shopped. When the shelter-in-place orders were made, people had to shop online since visiting the stores physically was quite risky, especially for people who had comorbidities. Stores also started offering their products online and gave their customers the option of having their purchases delivered or picked up.

Additionally, women’s lifestyle websites allowed women to check the latest health and lifestyle developments that they can apply at home. They also good a few tips on the dishes they can prepare at home. These websites also provided health and fitness tips to keep themselves healthy during the lockdown.

Contactless Payments

The emergence of different variants of the virus also resulted in the increasing use of contactless payment options in stores worldwide. Aside from online payments, people who went to the stores physically can use contactless payment apps to pay for purchases without using cash.

With the increasing use of online and contactless payment options, security measures to protect the credit card and bank account information of the users also increased. The two-factor authentication feature also added another layer of security to protect the personal information of the users. With this, technology made making payments easier and made it more secure to protect the users from cybercriminals.

Exercise Options

Even though gyms and spas already opened for business, people were wary of exercising or working in these enclosed places. But they still needed to exercise to keep themselves fit. They had the option of jogging or biking around the neighborhood. But some people preferred to stay home since they did not want to risk getting the virus and infecting the other members of their household.

With this, they turned to online fitness programs. Some gyms offered these programs for members who are unable to visit the gym to exercise. They had the option of joining live classes or pre-recorded fitness programs. Since these programs are online, they can readily work out in the comfort of their homes by simply using their computers. They can also connect the computer to their large-screen televisions so they can easily see the exercise routines.

Smart Homes

Technology also saw an increase in the number of smart devices that make life easier for a homeowner. These devices connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) that allow the homeowner to access them using their smartphone or their voice assistant.

These voice assistants use artificial intelligence (AI) to perform the tasks the homeowner wants them to do. For instance, the homeowner can tell the voice assistant to play music, and it will play the music the homeowner wants. The other smart devices available are the smart thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature in the different rooms in the house. Smart doorbells have cameras that allow the homeowner to check who is outside the door even without going to the door. A smart refrigerator can also show recipes for the dishes the homeowner wants to cook for the day.

The homeowner can also control these devices remotely. For instance, the homeowner can instruct the smart thermostat to set the temperature at a comfortable level while he is on his way home using his smartphone. The homeowner can also instruct the smart oven to start preheating so that when he gets home, the oven is ready for him to cook a dish. These are just some of the conveniences offered by smart devices that were developed through advancements in technology.

Technology has made life convenient for everyone. The current pandemic highlighted their importance and made it easier for people to ride out the health crisis while on lockdown at home.

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