Technology has left a profound impact on COVID, in both beneficial and detrimental ways. While some may voice different opinions about the spectrum of positive effects, it is clear that technology has altered our lives considerably. Specifically, it has allowed co-workers, family members, and friends to communicate freely without worrying about contracting/spreading the virus. Programs, such as Zoom and Microsoft Team, have rapidly amassed millions of users, reaching their highest peaks in daily meeting participants. Through a program on the web (and stable wifi), people from across the world can converse in real-time and work collaboratively from the comfort of their own homes. Remote-learning (or working) has been a helpful alternative, especially for those with underlying health conditions and at-risk loved ones. Though similar resources have been around, these tools have recently become more easily accessible to locate and utilize for users of various ages.
However, technology does have its drawbacks. Even though technology has made it easier to interact, it assisted in the diffusion of disinformation. Nowadays, anyone can create a post on a social media platform and share it with their viewers. All it takes is just a few taps on one’s screen. Unfortunately, some take advantage of this fact and intentionally invoke fear in those who view their posts. The spread of this false information often leads to poor decisions and contributes to peaks in COVID cases.