Geoghegan on: Communication during the time of COVID-19

COVID-19, or the coronavirus, swept through the world at an alarming rate. This is due to its virulence and long incubation period before symptoms develop – allowing it to be passed on by a lot of people who don’t know their are sick.

I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t know of someone who has been infected. For me, the first person I knew who was infected was literally one of the first in the country. Thankfully he recovered and is still his usual cranky self.

This crisis means that we have to stay physically apart. We all have to stay at home. This is difficult for a lot of people. Once you internalize that home is a safe place, and that you are trying to work during a crisis from home instead of simply working from home, the easier the separation becomes.

We live in an era where we can talk to people around the globe in HD video thanks to Zoom, Facetime, Slack, Whatsapp, and even the good old fashioned phone to name a few. I’ve rekindled old friendships by groups of old friends coming together to play online games. This has helped me still feel connected to the people around me, and even get the time to catch up with old friends who I haven’t spoken to in some time.

If you feel lonely, you have the tools at your disposal to reach out. To chat with a friend. To chat with someone you love. The main point is keeping the connection alive. So take the time to reach out to an old friend and ask them how they are doing – because we are all in this together, even though we are physically apart.