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Amazon’s Alexa has been helping people to connect during Covid-19

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Connected home devices such as Amazon’s Alexa have been proving helpful in numerous ways during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stay-at-home measures to help contain the virus have been necessary, and for many it has meant not seeing loved ones for weeks on end.

But a number of posts by people on social media using Alexa shows ways people are using technology to reach out and reconnect.

From writing routines to thank health workers, to virtually visiting grandparents, and hav8ing virtual birthday parties – here are a few examples for you.

Creating a thank you routine for health workers

Virtually visiting family

Unable to visit her 96-year-old mother, Tweep Jen Bertolat said, “Thank you @amazon! We cannot visit our 96-year-old grammy/mom in skilled nursing due to #Covid_19. An @alexa99 Show lets us drop in to chat and see each other. Until now we have visited her every day. Every moment is difficult for us. We are grateful to you.”

Connecting and celebrating birthdays

Another Twitterer was able to connect with her students including help them to celebrate their birthdays while sheltering in place.

We are celebrating Alexa for earning her Virtual Wings card by working responsibly everyday! And we are celebrating Noah’s birthday today” she said.

Story time with Alexa

Shanna Adamic’s children Ava and Jonah were still able to have story time with their grandparents thanks to Alexa.

Thank you @amazon for ensuring Ava and Jonah have a way to read with their Nina and Grandpa. Alexa allows us to break social distancing barriers while protecting the health of our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you” said Shanna.

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Bridie Schmidt

Bridie Schmidt specialises in writing about new technology and how it can help solve the problems of carbon emissions and climate change. With a degree in Communications from Macquarie University, and 20 years experience in front end web development, she has freelanced as a web and graphic designer since 2001. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. You can email Bridie at [email protected].

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