The World Health Organization (WHO) joined TikTok in an effort to push back against misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak.
The Switzerland-based agency, run by the United Nations (UN), posted its first video on Friday aimed at teaching viewers how to protect themselves.
“We are joining TikTok to provide you with reliable and timely public health advice,” the video's description states.
Benedetta Allegranzi, technical lead of infection prevention and control for the WHO, explains the best methods for staying safe: washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing if a tissue isn't available, and avoiding contact with anyone who either has a cough or fever.
The WHO is hoping to reduce the spread of false information on the platform by providing users with accurate and up-to-date data.
In response, services such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter now present users who search for content related to the coronavirus links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.
The latest numbers indicate that there have been 84,125 confirmed cases of the disease across the globe. At least 2,868 individuals have died as a result.
Although the U.S. has only seen 62 confirmed cases of the coronavirus thus far, health officials warn that it’s only a matter of time before the disease becomes a global pandemic.
“Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely this virus will cause a pandemic,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.
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H/T The Verge