The novel coronavirus has become a global pandemic which is now affecting countries all around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have now set up a WhatsApp information number in partnership with the messaging platform to provide up to date information about the virus.
This information will include the most up to date numbers of coronavirus cases around the world, precautions you can take to keep yourself safe, travel advise and other information related to the virus.
Most importantly the service has a Myth busting section to debunk coronavirus related myths circulating the internet and further keeping people safe.
In order to use the service, all you need to do is save the number to your phone and send a message writing “hi” and wait for a response with more options. The response is instant so you won’t have to wait long.
According to Achim Steiner, this is a vital step in the fight against the coronavirus as it is important to provide real time and proper information to people around the globe and partnering with private companies like WhatsApp will help do just that.