Amid the increasing fears of deadly coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has “teamed up” with a video-sharing social networking website, TikTok in order to spread awareness about the deadly virus. As COVID-19 spreads to more than 70 countries including India, with more than 93,000 confirmed cases worldwide, WHO posted videos on TikTok about how an individual can prevent the pathogen from spreading and said it is for "reliable and timely health advise". The UN health agency debut on the platform on March 1 and in just a few days it has nearly 189.4 thousand followers and more than a million likes.
Since false information can result in a greater level of panic among people, netizens were seen hailing the move on social media. However, even though some internet users were seen mocking the move but most were supportive and admitted that it will be “helpful” since most of the “younger crowd” is active on the platform.
Grandpa Simpson discovers the internet 😆— Paul Meek (@PaulMeekPerth) March 1, 2020
but seriously, make use of all communication channels you can to be educated about this. Even the ones I wouldn't use myself...
😂 we're all gonna' dab whenever we sneeze now.— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) March 1, 2020
Meanwhile, WHO has confirmed more than 1,700 new cases of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) outside mainland China while the total number of infected people has exceeded 10,000. The UN health agency also said in its coronavirus disease situation report that the total number of confirmed cases outside China had increased by 1,792 to 10,566 in 72 countries. It further added that the death toll outside China had risen by 37 to 166, as per reports.
.@WHO calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing of personal protective equipment by 40% to meet rising global demand due to #COVID19 outbreak and to protect #healthworkers. https://t.co/AvmOAfc6hr #coronavirus— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 3, 2020