An authoritative source has taken to YouTube to answer pressing questions about COVID-19. The twist? Popular YouTube creators are the ones asking them. Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, is part of a new series in which he discusses all things COVID-19 with content creators.
“Knowledge is a key tool to empowering Canadians against the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Njoo in a press release. “I’m happy to be working with Canadian content creators of all backgrounds to clarify misunderstandings about the pandemic and informing young Canadians about the ways they can protect themselves and the people around them.”
The four-part series includes videos with Simply Nailogical, a crime statistics analyst for the Canadian government with a successful nail art account; jayaddict, a Quebec-based creator who is also a medic for the Canadian Armed Forces; The Sorry Girls, successful YouTubers with a DIY and lifestyle channel; and Toronto-based photographer Peter McKinnon.
The influencers ask Dr. Njoo questions about what young people need to know about coronavirus, how the virus spreads and whether there is a cure or treatment in the works. He also answers questions about DIY face masks, a particularly hot topic at the moment.
Dr. Njoo was involved at the senior management level for the Government of Canada’s response to the SARS and H1N1 outbreaks in 2003 and 2009, respectively. If you are feeling fatigued with information from the news, the series is a fun and interactive way to continue to stay informed.
Check out the first three videos in the series below.
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