Technology is going to play a huge role in keeping people connected during this year’s Christmas, most importantly grandparents being unable to see their children and grandkids due to the fears of coming in contact with the coronavirus, but also those on the shielded patient list who are unable to see their families due to high risk.
People are expected to get more creative with their virtual hangouts, reinventing a return of the pub quiz, like; watching moves together while on a Zoom conference call, or even video calling other family members while they’re both eating dinner at their homes.
Philip Onah who is currently 35, unfortunately, finds himself among the shielded patient group, as he currently lives with a serious illness that is related to his respiratory system. He confirmed that he will be spending Christmas all alone.
He said, “Being from a large household, I’m used to spending Christmas with my family, but this year Christmas would entail running around doing shopping, buying gifts and assisting with food preparation.”
“It’s better to stay safe than to be exposed to health dangers” Onah noted while adding that this year, he’ll prepare his own Christmas meals and celebrate at home with his pet, “What I’ll miss is the massive family gathering and having laughs while eating and playing board games.
Another person Chika Nwankwo who found herself among the shielded patient group says she plans on using technology like Skype, WhatsApp, and phone calls to keep stay connected with family on the day of Christmas, “we can still feel that Christmas is a little normal.”
Olamide based in Lagos says he’s going to organize a mass Zoom call for her friends and relatives who will be spending Christmas alone, “it doesn’t matter where they are”, so they can still have the usual feel of 25 December even if not exactly, ” that’s the best we can do this year based on the existing situation,” he added.