In a recent poll, Sky News asked people what they thought the world would look like after the coronavirus pandemic. Almost half of those asked said they expected the internet to dominate both work and shopping. Yet humans are social creatures. So how do we replace those social interactions that are so essential to us when we’re compelled to stay home?

The most obvious answer is the internet. We’re extremely fortunate that this pandemic has struck in the age of social media. We can log on to any number of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok for our dose of social interaction. Here at WHISC, we do a weekly quiz on our Facebook page. It’s great fun and there are also prizes to be won!

If you’d prefer to chat to someone directly, these days we’re able to call a friend on video link via Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger or any number of other apps. Or, failing that, chat on the phone. You could even call us here at WHISC on our Listening Ear service. The number is 07708 381568. If you leave your name and phone number, we will ring you back. You can also leave a message on our Facebook page with your phone number and, again, we will ring you back when we can.

Some of the above might be new to us though and we might not know how to use them. That is where an online search via Google, for example, comes in handy. Just put in “How to use Zoom (or name of other program you wish to use)” and visit the site of your choice. Some people find they learn best when others show them how. So, for them, watching a video on YouTube may be the best solution. However you find it easiest to learn, there’s bound to be an online guide for you.

The important thing though, just like those people in the Sky News poll, is that we look forward: Lockdown restrictions are being relaxed and we’re learning more about how to combat this virus every day. So there will come a time when we can carry on our lives without having to keep 2 metres from each other. Either way, socially distant shouldn’t mean socially isolated. Together we will get through this.