WhatsApp and WHO uses ‘Together at Home’ sticker pack to counter COVID-19 pandemic

WhatsApp and the World Health Organization release ‘Together at Home’ sticker pack to help people stay connected and curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The stickers included in the pack are funny, educational, and universal. WhatsApp said that the stickers will transcend the limits of age and language.

In a statement, WhatsApp said:

“We’re excited to work with the World Health Organization to launch “Together at Home” sticker pack that will help people stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

What’s included in the pack

Stickers are becoming to be one of the mostly used means of communications, especially on the WhatsApp platform. They are engaging, funny, colorful, and attention-grabbing. The online messaging platform claims that billions of stickers are being sent everyday on its app.

The ‘Together at Home’ sticker pack was released to reinforce and inform people of key health measures to be observed during the pandemic. WhatApp expects that this message will be conveyed to its users through stickers.

The sticker pack includes hand washing, keeping an active lifestyle, and social distancing. It also features encouraging stickers of frontline heroes like nurses and doctors.

The pack includes a total of 20 stickers. Since this is a server side release, no update is needed on the WhatsApp application for users to starting using theses stickers.

WhatsApp, WHO vs COVID-19

This is not the first collaboration between WhatsApp and WHO. The two launched an information dissemination drive last month. WhatsApp claims that the campaign reached more than 10 million users on its platform in just a matter of days.

WhatsApp is also working with a number of federal and state governments around the world. With more than two billion users on its platform, WhatApp can easily tap its services to disseminate authoritative information about the COVID-19 virus.

WhatsApp’s effort against COVID-19 does not end with stickers. The Facebook-owned service said that it is working to upgrade its current group video conferencing tool.

Currently, the video conferring tool only supports up to four users. WhatsApp is aiming to improve that number to eight.

WhatsApp is also working on a filter that will identify whether messages or media files distributed on its platforms are accurate. With its massive user-base, WhatsApp is not a stranger to fake news.

WhatsApp is working to implement a feature that will help eliminate inaccurate data and information on its platform. WhatsApp confirmed this last month.

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