Since March 20, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its new channel of Health Alert on WhastApp. It is about
of a free use service through which all WhastApp users can access fast, reliable and official information around the world, 24 hours a day, about the Coronavirus pandemic, and that as of today is also available at Spanish.

This channel works automatically and receives user commands through a bot that is responsible for offering you all the available options. It has been designed to answering society questions about Coronavirus and will also serve government decision makers by providing them with the latest figures and situation reports

How to receive WHO alerts on WhatsApp

To access you can use this direct link or save the number +41 79 893 1892 in your phone contacts and then simply send the word “Hello” in a message WhatsApp to start.

Once you send the greeting you will receive an automatic response with multiple options. You can simply choose writing and sending the corresponding number as a message on WhatsApp.

The bot can show you links to the latest figures on the global number of infected and numbers by country, in addition to the geographical distribution. By typing “2” you can receive information on how to protect yourself, “3” contains a FAQ section, “4” dismantles rumors, “5” has travel tips, “6” news, and with 7.8 and 9 you can share, donate or change language.

This service responds to a series of notices and will be updated daily with the latest information. Given the massive amount of misinformation being shared through WhastApp, it’s now more important than ever to trust only official sources.

It is one of the reasons that WhatsApp, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), presented the WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Center that offers general advice and resources. for users around the world to reduce the spread of rumors and have accurate health information.