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House Party and other apps to help keep you connected during coronavirus pandemic

Here are a few apps that you can use to learn how to cope while you're quarantined

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Social distancing can be a real struggle especially if you rely on human interaction.

Here are a few apps that you can use to learn how to cope while you're quarantined: 

The first app is called House Party which is better for those large group chats.

The greatest feature with this app is the ability for people to jump in and out of conversations. As long as you are friends with the host, users can enter and leave  conversation no matter how many people are there.

"It's still just a seamless connection," said WHAS 11's Abby Lutz, who frequents the app.

The next app is called Zoomwhich users can access from your phone or your computer.

Many companies, including WHAS 11's parent station TEGNA, have replaced over-the-phone conference calls with Zoom. 

"We have really come to depend on a collaborative process, and looking at each other's faces," explained WHAS 11 News Director, Julie Wolfe. "We want to continue to do it, and Zoom has really stepped up."

Businessess are using the app for fun, as well, hosting company-wide happy hours from home.

Another app is called Marco Polo and it’s a cross between FaceTime and texting. You can basically video chat but on your own time.

Users will record a video and friends can choose to either watch it live, or save it for later to watch and respond when they're free.

"Nothing makes me happier than being able to click onto this app and see your beautiful, smiling faces. It makes me feel like we're talking all day long like we normally do," said frequent user and FOCUS investigator, Shay McAlister.

Social distancing is crucial if the community is going to flatten the curve.

Hopefully, these apps can help us all be alone, together.

Don't forget the 'old school' ways to connect via phone or laptop:

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