Although the world froze after the covid outbreak, there are always some companies which make of bad times their opportunities. Here we present the top 5 companies which thrived during covid lockdown times.
United Kingdom’s top 5s
Our first pick is Babylon Health, the free app that allows you to video chat with your doctor. With many GP surgeries closed due to the outbreak, Babylon offers a way for people to consult doctors from remote. The British digital health unicorn has also created a symptom-tracking app for coronavirus. In March, a Covid-19 care assistant was launched to check and track symptoms and offers NHS-approved information via the app. Founder Ali Parsa had a great idea which made the health crisis a little more manageable.
Our second pick is “Echo”. It is the free iOS and Android app that lets you order NHS repeat prescriptions for delivery to your door. With many Brits worried about leaving the house during the coronavirus pandemic, Echo’s service has seen a massive spike in users. Echo works alongside the NHS to dispatch and deliver medicine prescribed by your GP. The easy-to-use app also sends you reminders when you need to take medication and alerts you when you are running low. There is also no additional charge for the service, so you only pay the standard NHS prescription charge, if applicable.
Our third pick is an interesting one. No wonder people feel the need to learn something new if they have to stay at home for months, nut how to do it without going out was a problem that needed resolution. “Futurelearn” is the digital education platform which offers a wide selection of online short courses free of charge. It is entirely free to join Futurelearn, and the majority of courses on offer also have no charge. The major topics range from engineering, psychology, to nutrition, marketing and much more.
Our fourth spot is occupied by “Unmind”. This is a London-based platform offering free access to its digital resources for all NHS staff.
The startup founded by Dr Nick Taylor, Ry Morgan, and Steve Peraltabhopes seeks to help them health workers cope with the pressure of their jobs amidst the covid crisis. The app offers tool and interactive content based on practices of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness.
Our last startup that strive during COVID
Last but not least: who said people need to endure pure boredom during lockdowns? Thank to apps like Singa you don’t have to.
Singa is a digital karaoke service offering entertainment to those stuck indoors. It provides iOS, Android, Web, Apple TV & SmartTV apps, which provide easy access to over 80,000 songs. As people around the world observe isolation rules, home karaoke is booming. The Singa app has seen a 700% increases in new customer sign-ups. After all everybody knows how much people like to sing and dance even during hard times. We all remember pictures of people in Italy dancing their days away during quarantine!
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