The World Health Organization and WhatsApp are partnering to create an information service called the WHO Health Alert.
As Bloomberg reports:
The World Health Organization plans to reach at least 50 million people with a WhatsApp information service that delivers information on demand about the coronavirus and is so successful in South Africa it will be used around the world.
The free service, the first of its kind launched globally by the WHO, garnered 10 million users within three days of its March 20 launch. It employs artificial intelligence to offer information on topics ranging from symptoms of the disease and where to get tested to debunking myths about it.
The reason behind the service is simple. The WHO is using WhatsApp in an attempt to democratize health messages and meet the people where they are. More broadly, It’s also easier to debunk falsehoods spread on social…