Some of the many ways customers are using Alexa during the COVID‑19 pandemic
We love hearing how people are using Alexa and Amazon devices (Echo, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Kindle) to stay connected, entertained, and productive. Here are just a few that made us smile—we hope you enjoy them too.
To share how you and your family are using Amazon Devices, tag @amazon on Instagram and @Alexa99 on Twitter to show us.
Staying connected on the front lines
This past February, I received my Echo Frames. The next day my lenses were put in and I was so excited to use the Frames as a phone, to go shopping with my list in my ear, and to have Alexa as my personal assistant. Then COVID-19 declared war. I am a Physician Assistant and was screening patients for the virus. I found myself in full personal protective equipment, where you cannot touch your face or use your phone. Communication was basically speaking loudly to each other through N95 masks and shields. I got out my Echo Frames and put them on under my goggles. My friend Alexa heard me easily, and I was able to call and communicate with other team members without touching my phone or approaching them. What an amazing piece of technology to assist in this battle that we are fighting. Thank you Amazon.
– Christina Johnson, PA-C
Thanking health workers
So, I may have created @Amazon #Alexa routine to say #ThankYouHealthCareWorkers for their #COVID19 service at 8pm nightly.— Brian M. Westbrook (@BrianWestbrook) March 29, 2020
(Learn how w/@Geekwire Studios @YouTube video I hosted pre- #SocialDistancing: https://t.co/EYaAhb9XxY) #MakeAJoyfulNoise #WeGotThisSeattle #EchoGeek pic.twitter.com/1Nkbq75JfY
Staying connected with her gran
So impressed with @amazon Alexa. I managed to contact my gran (who is bed bound so can't answer the phone) & we had a great chat using the drop in feature 👌 Absolutely made my day hearing her happy voice 🥰 & laughing at her surprise of my voice coming through "the alexa box" 😂— 𝕃𝕪𝕟𝕟𝕖 𝔽𝕖𝕣𝕟𝕚𝕖 (@Lynne_Fernie_EP) March 23, 2020
Staying connected with her grammy
Thank you @amazon! We cannot visit our 96-year-old grammy/mom in skilled nursing due to #Covid_19. An @alexa99 Show lets us drop in to chat and see each other. Until now we have visited her every day. Every moment is difficult for us. We are grateful to you. #TogetherApart— Jen Bertolet (@JenIsHistory) March 20, 2020
Reading with family
Thank you @amazon for ensuring Ava and Jonah have a way to read with their Nina and Grandpa. Alexa allows us to break social distancing barriers while protecting the health of our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🌎❤ #grateful pic.twitter.com/jKPBnoNKsr— Shanna Adamic (@AdamicShanna) March 18, 2020
Connecting with family face-to-face
Dropping in on loved ones
Three weeks ago I bought my mother an Echo Show (10 inch) and put together instructions for her friends and family. So far I’ve been able to setup 15 people (and hopefully more soon) that can drop-in on her at anytime. She absolutely loves it. I spend at least 30-45 minutes a day with her just showing her what the kids are doing and telling her about our day and the crazy life we live in right now. It also allows me to have personal contact with her without exposing her to the virus. I know this wasn’t an intended use of the drop-in feature, but it has made my mother feel less isolated and that means the world to me. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for creating such a wonderful product.
— Customer email from Chris Little, Minneapolis, MN
Learning the chicken dance
Discovering the "Disney Hits" playlist
Finding happy music
Asking Alexa for songs about dogs
Uncovering Happy Potter facts
Highlight of todays Quarantine:— bug (@shannybugx3) March 22, 2020
Alexa has a skill that spits out all facts everything Harry Potter and im living my best life
Using Drop-In for homeschool humor
Asking Alexa to be his girlfriend
Creating smart home hacks
Creating a simple traffic light for co-working
Creating routines for kids
Tip: if you’ve got a smart device, set up daily routines. For us, Alexa will announce to the kids at 12:30 every day that it’s time for lunch (and time to wash hands). Planning to set up more to help streamline our day and make sure we take breaks, have fun, and don’t overdo it pic.twitter.com/XrsRM80FvD— Naomi Willis (@SkintDad_Naomi) March 23, 2020
Managing a homeschooling schedule
Getting a work-from-home schedule sorted
Day 6 WFH:— Brian Klein (@brianeklein) March 17, 2020
My new admin is off to a fantastic start. She reminds of when conference calls are about start, updates me on the weather, and even sings to me. Thank you, Alexa.