With information changing quickly, it’s hard to find the latest and most up-to-date COVID-19 information. Today, the World Health Organisation announced a new Health Alert system through WhatsApp. The free service is designed to help answer some of the questions the public might have about coronavirus. It’s available 24 hours a day.
To access it you’ll need a WhatsApp account, which is also free.
Within WhatsApp, text the word “Hi” to +41 79 893 1892.
When you do, the service texts back with a few shortcuts for the types of information you can get from it. For instance, texting “1” will give you the latest numbers, while texting “2” or a thumbs-up emoji will give you information about how to protect yourself.
The service is currently only available in English, but will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish in the coming weeks.