During this COVID pandemic, the elderly are even more isolated as the risk of transmission and travel constraints limit their social interactions. This is particularly true when the elderly are not tech-savvy enough to independently use a smartphone or the Internet to interact with others in real-time.
This is a short writeup about how I enabled grandma to see her grandkids remotely with little to no expertise required of her. While there are multiple options for younger smartphone users, there were a number of technical and usage challenges facing grandma:
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
Given the severity of Covid-19, that has attributed to over 100,000 deaths in the United States (as of July 2020), I am surprised by how little public data we have on cases and deaths. The information we do have is updated daily and consist of detected cases counts and…