French adventurer and scientist Michel Siffre is helped away by two gendarmes after spending two months alone in a subterranean cave in southern France in 1962. The social isolation and loneliness he experienced is similar to what many are enduring today during Covid-19, but new apps are trying to keep people connected. Photo: Getty Images
French adventurer and scientist Michel Siffre is helped away by two gendarmes after spending two months alone in a subterranean cave in southern France in 1962. The social isolation and loneliness he experienced is similar to what many are enduring today during Covid-19, but new apps are trying to keep people connected. Photo: Getty Images

Apps to keep you connected in coronavirus lockdown, for serious conversations and finding a pen-pal – or a shoulder to cry on

  • QuarantineChat allows users to virtually travel and talk with strangers in another country. Slowly! revives the old-fashioned hobby of having a pen-pal
  • Headspace has a library of meditations you can try, while HearMe helps those feeling anxious or lonely to connect with volunteer listeners

French adventurer and scientist Michel Siffre is helped away by two gendarmes after spending two months alone in a subterranean cave in southern France in 1962. The social isolation and loneliness he experienced is similar to what many are enduring today during Covid-19, but new apps are trying to keep people connected. Photo: Getty Images
French adventurer and scientist Michel Siffre is helped away by two gendarmes after spending two months alone in a subterranean cave in southern France in 1962. The social isolation and loneliness he experienced is similar to what many are enduring today during Covid-19, but new apps are trying to keep people connected. Photo: Getty Images
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