When it comes to receiving the latest news, the fastest dissemination of information has to be through our mobile phones.
We carry our phones wherever we go. We are 24/7 online, checking for the latest updates on our social medias and communicating through messaging apps.
Especially in times of crisis such as COVID-19, it is good to have a platform where we can constantly get updated on the latest news.
This helps to prevent fake news from confusing people as well.
WHO Provides News & Info About COVID-19 Through An Official WhatsApp Channel
What is better than having an official WhatsApp Channel just for COVID-19?
World Health Organisation (WHO) has partnered up with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a messaging service. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach two billion people.
This allows WHO to transmit information directly to people who needs it.
The messaging service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19 to everyone; from government leaders to health workers, family and friends.
These latest situation reports and numbers in real-time help government decision-makers to protect the health of their populations. Furthermore, it provides details such as symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others.
If you are interested, the service can be accessed through a link on its website that opens a conversation on WhatsApp.
You can simply type a “hi” to activate the conversation, hence prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.
Now that we have an official WhatsApp Channel to receive news, will fake news finally die out? Or will it still sizzle and gain attention everywhere it goes?
In the meantime, Singapore has an official WhatsApp channel as well called the Gov.sg’s WhatsApp service.