20th April 2020
Writing: Ben Corby (Year 10)
Editing: Ben Corby (Year 10)
Being in isolation, there have been various attempts to help and show support for the public in one way or another, whether it be through donations to the NHS or simply clapping outside on a weekly basis. With families becoming separated from one another, however, there is only so much that can be done to help others without risking their own safety. As a result, the world has been online much more, it seems that the most effective acts of charity have spread through social media, and working together as a community has come through technology.
A successful online trend at the moment is the ‘5 5 5’ run, which huge amounts of people have taken part in. Across Instagram, people have run 5km, donated £5 to the NHS and then nominated another 5 people to spread the donations. Many, including students from Dr Challoners, have taken part in this. The trend has spread across the country, which has only been possible through online. Whilst there is a financial positive outcome, there is also a social outcome for everyone, being that more people are out exercising. Without sites such as Instagram, or Twitter, this challenge would not have worked so successfully.
And, continuing on social impacts, a huge sense of community can be seen with the public clapping for the NHS every Thursday. That, too, has been being easily communicated and spread through social media to raise awareness.
On Sunday, there was a charity concert with celebrities sending performances from their homes. Yet, that is one of many examples in which technology has brought hope during the pandemic. Family relatives and friends have spoken across video chats, which means that, despite being in poor definition, conversations can continue as well.
The crisis has come at a time when we can stay in touch. Despite the numerous, and sometimes questionable, covers of ‘Imagine’, it seems technology has proven to be hugely beneficial in this time, work-wise and socially.