Technologies such as cloud computing, high-speed network streaming, machine learning, big data, the internet-of-things, 3D printing and robotics are supporting e-commerce, digital supply chain, social media, digital payment, and telehealth. Humans are making informed decisions and executing strategies leveraging technology as a tool for testing, tracing, and treating the virus.
Meanwhile, fear and anxiety caused by the pandemic have been overwhelming and is negatively impacting people’s mental health. Humans are making use of technology to demonstrate the act of empathy and kindness to strengthen the communities. Frontline healthcare workers are being celebrated as heroes on social media. Family and friends are spending quality time on Zoom (ZM), WhatsApp and FaceTime. Celebrities have donated their hours to support the recovery efforts. Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), Disney (DIS) and others have extended free trial service offerings. Snapchat has launched a new augmented reality donation experience that encourages users to contribute to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 relief efforts. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $100 million for the global response to Covid-19 relief.