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Coronavirus: What if this had happened in 2005?

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Coronavirus: What if this had happened in 2005?
A mobile phone, Huw Edwards and laptop 15 years ago. BBC/Getty Images. Article by

We are living through the most disruptive period in our nation’s history since the end of the war.

I just about remember seeing the newsflash about President Kennedy being shot. The fall of the Berlin wall and 9/11 are seared in my memory. But nothing compares to this pandemic in terms of the impact on everyday life.

But as I spend my day holding video-conferencing sessions with colleagues, FaceTiming my son and granddaughter stuck in a flat across London, and updating my various social networks, one thing strikes me: what if this had happened in 2005, just before the smartphone era began?

Many of the digital tools we are using to keep connected, fed and sane either did not exist back then or were available to only a few. […]

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