WHO joins TikTok to combat COVID-19 misinformation

Published March 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Gabriela Baron

The World Health Organization (WHO) has created an account on TikTok to combat coronavirus misinformation online.

In WHO’s first video, Benedetta Allegranzi, Technical lead of Infection Prevention and Control, describes measures people can take to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease (COVID0-19) and directs them to the organization’s website for additional information.

“We are joining [TikTok] to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice,” the United Nations health agency wrote in the description of their first video.

@whoWe are joining @tiktok to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice! Our first post: How to protect yourself from ##coronavirus ?

♬ original sound – who

Allegranzi recommended people to frequently wash their hands with either an alcohol-based product or with soap and water; use an elbow or tissue to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing; avoid individuals with symptoms of the virus; and share travel information with medical professionals if a person is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

WHO also partnered with social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as part of its efforts to distribute accurate information about the COVID-19.