Blog Social Distancing Breaks the Chain Jeethu Vijayan March 24, 2020 Comments are Closed 2 Role of social media in social distancing An unfamiliar term a few weeks back is now the most discussed term worldwide. Establishing its disastrous effect in all prominent countries all over the globe the Novel Coronavirus popularly known as COVID-19 is wide-spreading within a short period of time killing at least 2% of the total affected population. As there is no available medication that offers a complete cure, precaution is the only method that can be adopted to contain the spread of the virus. People are advised to wash their hands at regular time intervals, cover their cough, wear a mask, avoid unnecessary travel and most importantly practice social distancing. Corona is a contagious virus that has a greater probability to get easily spread through physical contact with an infected person. So social distancing is considered as an effective and affordable method to restrict the spread. Humans, being a social animal by birth may find it difficult to cope up with the idea. Refraining contact ensure safety but disturbs the routine behavior of many. Social media is an adequate platform for effective communication during an emergency situation like this. It’s an appropriate platform to spread awareness, hold discussions and access education and consultations. The most interesting fact is that many platforms are taking initiatives to support social distancing. Such as: LinkedIn LinkedIn had recently announced free courses that will be made available in the wake of a global epidemic. The courses involve tips to stay productive, build relationships while working from home. It also includes tutorials for virtual meeting tools like Skype, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc. Instagram Instagram has banned searches for Covid-19 AR effects, analyzing the sensitivity of the condition. Also, they have developed New Information prompts in their Home feeds which link to the World Health Organization website. G Suite In order to ensure regular operation of schools, colleges, and other business organizations during the Covid-19 epidemic, Google has offered to provide free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to G Suite customers globally. It enables them to stay connected even during the time of quarantine. This option works through the first week of March up till July 1, 2020. Twitter Twitter has advised content to host effective communication between the brands and their users during the epidemic. As the crisis has caused a severe impact in the global economy companies are striving to mitigate its disastrous effects. YouTube YouTube is utilizing its homepage to direct users to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that they can get reliable updates. It is vital to present reliable updates as fake news associated with the epidemic is widely spreading everywhere. Social media has reduced the whole globe totally into a few inches of screen. Understanding the prime requirement to obey the rules and regulations put forward by the World health organization, everyone is requested to follow social distancing with its at most important by making the best use of every service that all popular social media platforms offer you.