COVIDCON

  • Published: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Coronavirus, COVID-19, has become the largest ‘CON’ we have ever experienced. This global conference is involuntary, dangerous and unwanted. This epic virus is disrupting everything we do from the way we work and educate and socialize. We are experiencing a world of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. There are shortages, created by panic, of these items as well as other household products, cleansers and toilet paper. New terminology is injected into our daily dialogue- social distancing, stay-at-home, self-quarantine, work from home and distance learning, We are learning how to use technology to connect and continue education and business. We attend ComicCon, DefCon, ShowMeCon for entertainment and learning opportunities. COVIDCON is NOT entertaining but what are we learning? 

Health – We are all at risk and vulnerable to different levels of reaction to the infection.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Avoid hand shaking and direct contact with others
  • Maintain a safe distance from others
  • Mental health is important too-try not to stress

Work – Learning to work from home comes with benefits and risks.

  • Create a dedicated work space where you are able to focus
  • Be mindful of other disruptions that may occur during online meetings and take measures to minimize them.
  • For effective collaboration take advantage of video conferencing
  • Productivity and compliance challenges

Education – For environments that meet in a typical classroom setting this can be particularly challenging.

  • Depending on grade level we need to delegate instruction as in a normal day setting
  • Activities to keep the pupil engaged are important
  • Providing instructional materials and online access
  • Parents are becoming teachers
  • Expectations of what parents can do and what we expect from students

Security – Control is moving away from the bricks and mortar environment of a typical network setting.

  • Remote access to resources is determined
  • Security best practices gain greater importance
  • Updates and patches
  • Securing critical data access from remote locations
  • Phishing and malware activities are on the rise

These are unprecedented times and we are all in this together. We are learning new ways to communicate and collaborate. We have taken on new roles and experiencing restrictions we have not faced for extended periods. 

Scammers take advantage of desperate times. Don’t let down your guard. Be safe online and offline. 

Resources:

Coronavirus disease advice for the public

Why technology policies are critical for success

COVID-19 Scam Roundup