How we are keeping connected during the coronavirus outbreak

As Wales begins its first day of a nationwide lockdown in the fight against coronavirus, many people are wondering how to stay positive and stay connected to loved ones.

Here at ITV Wales, we understand what you're going through, as we too adapt to this new way of living and working.

Here are some examples of what we've been doing to keep ourselves happy and to keep in touch with our friends and families.

Juggling childcare with working from home

"Myself and my family were in isolation after my eldest daughter developed a cough, fever and had a high temperature", Kate said.

"It meant that my husband and I were trying to find a way of working from home and juggle childcare which will be a reality for millions of people over the coming weeks and months."

We are normally very fortunate in terms of childcare with both sets of parents helping us during the week with school pick ups etc but due to isolating and the ages of our parents we will now have to distance ourselves. To help this my brother has also set up a FaceTime group so we, as a family, can catch up regularly. It's tough for parents but equally as tough for grandparents who now will have no contact with their grandchildren for the foreseeable. A difficult time for all.

Kate Lewis, Reporter

Teaching grandparents to keep in touch

Kathryn has been teaching her grandparents to FaceTime so that they can stay connected while keeping safe. Credit: Kathryn Charles

"My grandparents Marlene and Bob, 84 and 87 respectively, are currently self-isolating at home in Cardiff. Due to their age, and the fact my grandad has some underlying health conditions, they understand how they need to stay away from the rest of the family, as hard as that is", Kathryn said.

We have set them up with FaceTime on their iPad so they can regularly keep in touch with the whole family - their three children and six grandchildren.

Kathryn Charles

Keeping busy... with a Corona bucket list!

Sarah's daughter has put together a bucket list for this strange time!

This is a a very sweet list of things my daughter has put together that she's going to do 'when corona hits'.

Sarah Drew
  • Just DANCE

  • Try to do the splits

  • Macrame

  • Build a den

  • Make face masks

  • Make a tiktok dance

  • Practise Dutch braids

  • Tie Dye

  • Make ice cream in a bag

  • TED talks

  • Watch sunrises/sunsets

  • Cook a fancy dinner

  • Monopoly

  • Tint my eyelashes

Drinking coffee with friends - virtually!

Charanpreet's been keeping in touch with friends with virtual coffee dates.

I moved to Wales less than two months ago, and the prospect of not being able to see family and friends - most of whom live miles away - is a scary one! But using technology, I've been able to catch up with friends and family by bringing them to me with virtual meet-ups. We've had virtual coffee dates, done a virtual pub quiz, and even had dinner "together" - all on Skype. It's been making me feel much more connected and supported in these hard times.

Charanpreet Khaira

Fun, games and a healthy dose of competition!

Nicky celebrated Mother's Day this Sunday with a game of Scrabble over Skype with her grandmother.

"Being over 70, Nan is at higher risk from Covid-19 and I know I won't be able to see her face to face for a long time. Luckily she lives with my Mum; but it's still hard', Nicky said.

"Thankfully on Mother's Day we found a way to keep up our tradition.

"With the help of FaceTime we set up a game of Scrabble. It took a while to work out the best system but in the end we nailed it. I could see my letters, I could kind of see the board. They were able to do their usual trick of suggesting words for me that would benefit them! In the end Mum won. She often does!"

The best part of it though was feeling a little bit of normality. Of laughing with them, of being silly, and keeping traditions even under difficult circumstances. We're hoping to play the game every week until this situation is over. Staying home is a small price to pay to try and keep them safe. >

Nicola Hendy

It's overwhelming for all of us - but we're getting through it!

Alex is in self-isolation for 12 weeks because she is 23 weeks pregnant.

"Breathe! That’s what I keep telling myself. Remember to breathe!" Alex said.

"I’m used to life being hectic - juggling a job, a toddler, childcare and the day to day running of a house. But this is another level. I’m also 23 weeks pregnant and now expected to social distance for 12 weeks. Not ideal."

It’s all a bit overwhelming.

Alexandra Hartley

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