New Delhi: Facebook’s own social media platform WhatsApp has set up an information center for coronaviruses in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). A portal has also been launched to keep people informed of the COVID 19 outbreak.
According to the company’s website “Whatsapp helps you connect with those who matter most. Here are some ways you can use WhatsApp to take care of friends and family, stay up to date with the latest official health information, and share information responsibly. “
The portal will also contain information on direct messaging hotlines from WHO and UNICEF. These hotlines are helpful for people looking for information about COVID-19 from trusted sources.
The social media app is designed to work with local governments in countries such as Singapore, Israel, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia to send coronavirus texts to citizens.
You can connect remotely using WhatsApp features like group, voice and video calls to stay connected and support your loved ones, even though you may not be in the same place.
You can also choose reliable sources of information, as indicated on the website: “Connect with local, national and global organizations. Contact trusted sources such as the World Health Organization or your National Department of Health for the latest information and guidelines. “
Users are also advised to avoid spreading rumors that say, “Think about the messages you get because everything you get about coronavirus may not be accurate. Verify the facts with others trustworthy official sources or fact checkers. If you don’t. ” I’m not sure if something is true, don’t forward it. “