• The WHO has officially declared that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is a global pandemic, which has led to many businesses temporarily closing their offices.
  • Many employees must work from home as a result, and they might not be used to working remotely or have the proper tools at hand.
  • One device in particular is something that everyone who works at home should have and it’s on sale right now on Amazon for just $39.99.
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Regardless of what the current White House administration had to say about the novel coronavirus as recently as a few days ago, everyone with a pair of eyes and a brain could see where this was headed. Yesterday, it was made official: the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Things are going to get much worse before they start to get better, and millions of people will have been infected by the new coronavirus when all is said and done.

The good news is that the majority of COVID-19 cases are relatively mild. The elderly and people with pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and diabetes are more at risk than healthy individuals, but the virus is so new that there’s still plenty we don’t know about it. It’s a good idea to keep your eye on WHO’s COVID-19 Q&A and the CDC’s COVID-19 page for the latest verified information, especially since there is so much misinformation being circulated.

Of course, the best way to avoid the novel coronavirus is to distance yourself from other people who might be infected. For that reason, many companies are beginning to close their offices and ask employees to work from home.

If you find yourself working from home and you’re not used to it, there’s no question that it can be an adjustment. Focusing can be difficult, for example, since there are so many distractions and no one is there to make sure you keep your eye on the ball. We can’t help you in that department, but there is one way we can help: By letting you in on a little secret that will dramatically improve internet connectivity on your computer while you work.

If you’re working from home, that probably means other members of your family are stuck at home as well. Your neighbors and other people in your area might be in the same boat. All those people at home all day lead to network congestion and, even more frequently, Wi-Fi interference. What you might not realize is that you don’t have to be connected to your Wi-Fi network at all.

There’s a simple accessory you can purchase on Amazon that guarantees you’ll always have the fastest possible internet connection while you work. It’s called the TP-Link AV1000 Powerline Ethernet Adapter Kit, and it’s on sale right now for just $39.99 instead of $50. In a nutshell, the kit consists of two boxes that instantly transform your regular old power outlets into gigabit Ethernet ports. Just plug one in near your router, plug the other one in near your computer, and connect to them using regular Ethernet cables. Just like that, you’ve got wired gigabit data speeds! Note that you might need to check the “other sellers” section on Amazon to get the lowest price.

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