TechKNOW Tomorrow – COVID-19 Tips and Updates

It’s a stressful time for us all. As the coronavirus spreads, non-essential services across Canada are shutting down and people are left in a state of pandemonium. Most of us are doing our best to maintain distance from the rest of the people in our lives. But as we physically isolate ourselves from the world, it’s vital that we remain connected to each other digitally. How exactly do we do that? By following the tips outlined in this article, of course!

COVID-19 Tips

  1. Make sure you stock up on any essentials. Newfoundland and Labrador may call a state of emergency in the near future. It’s best to pick up whatever you need from grocery stores as soon as possible. This includes food, water, prescription drugs, soaps, animal food, kitty litter, etc.
  2. Be aware of the people around you. If you have elderly neighbours or sick loved ones who are unable to pick up food, offer to lend a hand. See a nearly empty shelf of red meat? Save some for other people who need it.
  3. Self-isolate yourself physically. This means remaining indoors for the majority of the pandemic. Only leave your home if it is absolutely necessary. The same goes for family.
  4. Wash your hands relatively frequently. This is more effective than using hand sanitizer, though you can’t go wrong with either. See this post from the CDC for more details.
  5. Keep in touch with friends and family online. It’s important to speak to friends and family digitally if you can’t be near them. Call or text them regularly. Make video calls through Facetime or Skype. Send messages, pictures, or tweets on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Humans are social beings by nature; it’s how we connect that has to change.
  6. Don’t rely on social media for your facts and updates. Did a friend of yours post a home remedy for coronavirus? Did they post that the travel ban has been lifted? It’s likely not substantiated by any evidence. Use trusted online resources such as the federal government’s website and news channels such as CBC to discover the truth about COVID-19.
  7. Check online resources on COVID-19 daily. Canada has numerous resources for keeping yourself up to date on the status of the virus in Canada. Here are some websites you should visit daily:
    A) The Government of Canada’s official COVID-19 web page.
    B) COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment.
    C) Non-essential travel ban updates.
    D) Numerous resources from Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC).
    E) IPAC’s Facebook page.
    F) IPAC’s Twitter Page.
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Follow these tips and you should hopefully minimize the risk involved with this pandemic. Although most services have closed, techKNOWtutors remains open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with connecting to loved ones or even setting up an account with a service like Skype, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message!

Better yet, sign up for one of our online classes that we offer for FREE every week! Until then, stay in the techKNOW.

Break the Fake in 2019!

Media literacy week runs from October 7th – 11th, 2019 and this years theme is “Break the Fake“.

With “fake news” becoming more and more prevalent it is important for all internet users to learn how to spot misleading or false news stories.

The above video by MediaSmarts give many suggestions for how to spot a fake news story, and fact check suspected fake news stories.

Media Literacy Week is an annual national campaign hosted by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers Federation to promote digital and media literacy, with activities and events taking place in classrooms, libraries, museums and community groups from coast to coast to coast.

For a full list of events in your community during digital literacy week check the listings on the MediaSmarts website.

techKNOWtutors Partners with RIAC

We are happy to announce that techKNOWtutors has begun hosting weekly sessions with our new friends from the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC), located at 362 Water Street in downtown St. John’s.

We will be on site with our tech gear for hands on instruction every Friday at 1PM NST. All sessions are open to the public and everyone is welcome to join us. Visit our web page for a full calendar of listings.

Are you a Newfoundland and Labrador community organization? We’d love to connect with you about also becoming a partner to host techKNOWtutor sessions! All of our sessions are offered at no cost and are taught by a team of knowledgeable instructors.

Please connect with us to learn more!