Friendly Distancing: Staying social online

With much of the country staying home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many folks are turning to group chats, online workouts and other options to stay connected. NBC's Liz McLaughlin reports.

(NBC News) Americans are finding ways to socialize while social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Video chat apps such as Houseparty, or platforms like Zoom can enable group hangouts.

Virtual happy hours, dinner parties and digital dates are all taking off. and its other sites launched a “Dating While Distancing” hotline, and apps including Plenty Of Fish are expanding live streaming features.

As COVID-19 precautions shut down gyms, fitness instructors are streaming interactive workouts, celebrities and musicians are hosting online performances, churches are streaming sermons, and DJs are launching remote dance parties.

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