For anyone who ever wondered what being stuck at home would be like, the answers are now in. After at least four months of a national lockdown that required most people to stay indoors, millions learned to rely on technology. In some states, rules were more relaxed, allowing trips to grocery stores, gas stations, and a limited number of other places. But for the most part, we were locked in our homes with nothing more than an internet connection, our smartphones, and, if we were lucky, our jobs. Not only did the word telecommuting become a real thing for the majority of the work force, but it taught us about the value of technology. Here are some of the tasks that even the most non-techie, cyber-phone learned how to do during the COVID incarceration, all thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
Having Company Meetings
Video apps enjoyed a massive growth phase during the pandemic, thanks to the fact that many companies sent all their workers home and switched to interactive workplaces. Within a couple of weeks, it’s likely that more than 10 million working adults had to give themselves a crash course in video applications. Now, practically everyone knows about the three dots in the corner and what it means to mute yourself. It’s possible that corporations may never go back to having the bulk of their workforce in offices. The transition was forced and a bit clumsy, but it happened.
Getting Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Cards
Getting a medical marijuana card used to mean a trip downtown, waiting in line for at least a half hour, and then the wasted time of a drive back home. If you were lucky, the whole ordeal took around three hours and caused sore feet. But recent online innovations have eliminated that drudgery for card applicants. In Oklahoma, for example, anyone can apply for an MMJ card entirely online and get the whole process completed in about 15 minutes. It’s not only quick and easy, but you don’t have to pay for the card unless you’re approved. No driving, no stops for gasoline, no waiting in line. No problem.
Some people still receive paper checks in the mail from employers. Others write checks to pay bills, transfer funds from one bank to another, or pay an online merchant. The virus crisis forced many stay at home workers to learn the finer points of using deposit apps via their smartphones or PCs. Taking a snapshot of a hard copy check is one way to transmit the given amount of funds to a person, service provider, or a bank. These handy apps have made old-fashioned checks virtually useless. That’s a good thing.
Attaching and Sending Photos and Documents
Simple email enhancements have been around for years but are now gaining widespread use. When you’re locked in your home, it’s wise to figure out how to attach anything to an email. That includes documents, photos, large data files, spreadsheets, and more. A related skill that lockdown folks picked up was swift transfer of phone files to PCs, and back again. In a way, the entire computer literacy of the entire world population probably increased by a significant amount.
Pharmacies are at the forefront of the cyber revolution. Home-bound citizens can do it all from the safety of their monitors or smartphones. Contact the doctor and have the script sent to the pharmacy. That takes two minutes. Call or text the pharmacy and provide your essential ID and payment. Wait for the car service to bring the medication to your doorstep. Done and done. If everyone is on the job and the medicine is in stock, you can get delivery asap. The only limiting factor is how long the drive is between your home and the pharmacy.