Living with the COVID Emergency
Here are suggestions to help at this worrying time:-
1. Social Contact with family and friends.
Phone call and texting can keep you in contact, but face to face
video chatting where you can both talk and see each other person is
much more personal. One on one is great for private conversations,
but video group chats with family or friends can be even more
Video chats can be made using mobile phones, laptops and most
Maybe your younger family members are already using one or more of
these options, if not the following Internet links demonstrate and/or
describe some of the ways you could start a group video chat.
Banking and Buying safely
This website advises you on how to do your banking safely.
Avoiding "dirty" cash
Another important recommendation is to use contactless transactions
rather than cash. Notes and coins are handled many times and Covid-19 or
other virus can live on notes and coins for several days.
China has now setup continuous sterilisation of notes.
Use “Tap and Go” card payments, to avoid handling cash for protection of
yourself and checkout operators. Some businesses are now accepting
electronic payments only, which is legal providing customers are advised
before the transaction.
When making Internet purchases eBay and Paypal can be used to provide
added security and protection. For more information click eBay-Paypal .
Digital books and Online Reading
The websites of the NSW State Libary, Amazon and Gutenberg open up an
almost limitless access to all types of information.
Reading can be both entertaining and informative. Many millions of
articles covering every possible topic are available on the Internet and
also as digital books from libraries and other sources.
Free books after registering, plus extensive online information.
Free and purchased books,
Free books after registering
Over 60,000 free books - many old masters.
Other Internet entertainment
Search and click on say Venice or France then select “Videos”. Go
searching for Travel videos. You can travel the world without leaving
home. See side panlel on left YouTube videos are available free with an
initial advert, (usually only a few seconds). You can pay a small
monthly fee to eliminate the adds.
Feeling Stressed or Upset?
With al the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 many can worry or feel
stressed. Some helpful advice from the The World Health Organisation
and Australia’s own Beyond Blue is accessible by clicking on the
Music is a great way to relax. Try Jango for free unlimited music.
Click the three dots menu to browse music---
Classical & Opera, Gospel & Christian, Jazz, Sleep,
Decades 60's 70's 80's etc and much more.
In Windows 10 you also have Groove music already installed.
Again free - Search songs, artistes, albums.