WhatsApp and the World Health Organization have collaborated to announce a new health alert on the messaging platform to provide health information and advice related to a coronavirus pandemic. The new service is free to use and is designed to answer public questions about coronavirus.
In order to contact the WHO alert, the user needs to save +41798931892 in the phone contact and then enter “Hi” in the WhatsApp message to get started. You can also visit the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Center at whatsapp.com/coronavirus and click the WHO link on the homepage to open a chat with WHO Health Alert. The health alert will provide all official information related to the coronavirus. It will also help users with topics such as how to protect themselves from infections, travel advice, and debunking the corona virus myth. The service was initially launched in English, but will be available in all six United Nations languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, in the coming weeks.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adenom Gbrissos said: “Digital technologies have provided us with unprecedented opportunities to enable important health information to be spread and spread faster than a pandemic, thereby Help us save lives and protect vulnerable groups. We take pride in having partners like Facebook and WhatsApp, who are supporting us to provide vital health information to billions of people. “
Earlier this week, WhatsApp partnered with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the United Nations Development Programme to launch the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Center to reliance on health workers, educators, community leaders, non-profit organizations, local Government and local business work provides simple, actionable guidance for communicating with WhatsApp. WhatsApp also announced a $ 1 million grant to the international fact-checking network to support the fact-checking of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance to report rumors that may be circulating on various messaging services, including WhatsApp or SMS.