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Coronavirus: Daily Solutions

At school, at church and in the gym: how technology can help us deal with Covid-19

The primary school teacher reads out the roll call online, from her home. The priest celebrates mass in front of a camera, as the service is streamed live. The yoga teacher films her lesson and puts it on YouTube. Outside the city is a ghost town, but what about at home? How are people fighting the loneliness and lockdown of the Coronavirus?
With the help of technology, the internet and digital communities. Thanks to Skype and WhatsApp, there’s a virtual audience for a performance at Milan’s Triennale (every day at 5 p.m. the Museum broadcasts live on its Instagram channel), there’s a lesson in Civil Engineering at the city’s Polytechnic University, where a professor in an empty lecture hall writes numbers and formulas on the blackboard in front of the camera.

“Our profession has changed rapidly in just a few days,” says Dr. Andrea Savino Bassi, a specialist in internal medicine, speaking from his surgery: “yesterday patients would make appointments, but now I’m on call 24/7, and they contact me on FaceTime and WhatsApp and ask for a diagnoses based on photos they send by smartphone. Old people are particularly frightened and I have become their point of reference, but from a distance”.

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