March 28, 2020

As we all deal with the CoronaVirus

As we all deal with the CoronaVirus in one way or another, technology has helped in a variety of ways. For example, this newsletter is available (and has been for the longest time) without having to leave home or go to a mailbox, because it is available via the internet. Keeping up with the latest news about the virus and how to deal with it is available 24/7 via the internet and some cable TV stations. Just about everyone has a phone which enables the ability to be in touch with others, even when in isolation --be it a home phone that can only make and receive voice calls, or a cell phone that also has the ability to see the person at the other end of the conversation with the right tools. There are even free apps to have video gatherings.

Technology is also being used to speed up testing so that folks don’t have to wait a week or more to find out if their test came back positive or negative.

Those are some of the good things about technology in these trying times. There is another side, though. TMI (too much information) can also be a debilitating thing for those who are already anxious or depressed, or it can create such conditions in those who previously were not or were only slightly debilitated in that way. Those folks should try to find a way to disconnect from the 24/7 barrage and instead use technology to find calming messages and music and entertainment. There are free apps for meditation and such as well.

Technology is a powerful tool. Use it wisely.


Richard L. Kuper

The Kuper Report