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How Technology (and texting) can play a role in containing the Corona Virus

"Only thing we have to to fear is, fear itself"~1933 Franklin Roosevelt

Coronavirus fever has swept up the world. It is crucial to understand the risks and to develop a strategic response to this issue without giving in to fear. This is rather difficult to do with saturated news feeds, all reporting increasingly alarming facts about the virus.

The are ample sources with a lot of good tips, including washing our hands properly, not touching our eyes, noses and mouths, staying consistently hydrated, using alcohol swabs, etc. We’ve seen schools closing, sport seasons cancelled, flights to continents shut down and cities quarantined. I have yet to see anything on how technology can help stem the spread of Corona Virus.

Many companies, including Texting Base, are having employees work from home. Working in a distributed environment is possible without losing efficiency due to a variety of software programs and communication tools designed to bring people together without being present in the same room.

Collaboration software like SLACK and Meet become an appealing way to keep production going through tight communication.

Yes...texting is a powerful tool in the fight against the Coronavirus. Here are some simple ways texting can keep information flowing, production high and help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

  1. Company Notifications for Emergencies: Companies need effective ways to notify employees of important emergency procedures. Whether it’s the deployment of hand sanitizers or policies on coming to work while sick, texting key information ensures that communication is received and viewed. What good is all this great information if it is not being propagated efficiently? Person-to-Person communications. The essence of texting is to communicate intimately without being face to face. Video conferencing is great, but most people (64%) prefer texting to emails and phone calls. It’s time to skip all those plane trips. Planes are notorious for harboring germs in a contained environment – essentially, they are petri dishes. It’s time to start setting up remote meetings using texting. Even people who insist on face-to-face interactions in most cases don’t carry this sentiment right now.
    Less face-to-face, less risk. Handshakes, sneezes and coughs are common in face-to-face interactions. Everyone can leverage technology like texting to set and confirm meetings, and then use presentation tools like Zoom and Join.me to present to groups. Text your meeting and conference call information, and limit your exposure to the unknown.

  2. Less Conferences and Live Events: Conferences and Events are amazing...lots of people, tons of companies and everyone is there to learn, buy or sell. But maybe you don’t want to be around that many people right now? Be your own conference...create your own event. Invite people via text using personalization to an online meet-and-greet to discuss their brand, network and learn about what you have to offer. Mass communication is right at your fingertips, for the risk averse. There’s no better time to explore other options.

  3. Non Profit Organizations: There are many causes that can provide assistance such as medical supplies or food to those in need. Texting can be instrumental in raising money and awareness. In turn, this helps support professionals and volunteers across the globe working to keep us safe. Knowledge is power. Coordinating such efforts takes a powerful tool, like texting, to help. Supply Chain Notifications. Distributing needed supplies through a supply chain often requires text notifications so the proper people can be engaged at the proper time.

  4. Government alerts. Text alerts don’t need to stop at the company level. Local and Federal Governments can use this powerful technology to keep their citizens informed and alert to all risks. Whether it’s a company alert, education, government, altruistic endeavor or a simple desire for more remote meetings to avoid the risk of contamination, texting can be a very powerful tool in the fight against contagious disease - new virus or the common cold.

  5. Telemedicine: Texting can be used concurrently with video to see a doctor WITHOUT going to a doctor. Check out telemedicine options, and stay out of the infected areas especially if you think you may be infected.

Learning to work from home while keeping production up is key to getting through the lifespan of this disease. We all know Amazon and Costco will be important in these chaotic times, but so will a variety of software designed to spur productivity for businesses.

Hope everyone stays safe and we all get through this soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eric Beans is CEO of Texting Base, Inc., out of Orlando, Florida and the inventor of personalized group texting (patent # 9,516,478 B2).

Prior to Texting Base, Eric was the first US employee of TechSpan which became Headstrong. Headstrong sold for $550M to GenPact.

With a group of partners in 2005, Eric started Premier Mortgage Capital, Inc., a nationwide state charted Mortgage Company that grew to over 1B/Year in originations.

Eric is the author of "Changing The World Through Texting Software.”

Eric is a speaker, inventor, patent holder, music producer, chef, writer for LA Style Magazine, producer and author.

Texting Base does not offer legal advice-please consult an attorney before starting to text for business purposes.

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