The coronavirus pandemic caused people from all over the planet to stay in their homes as a way to prevent the spread of the pathogen. Because of this, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that playing video games can help fight the pathogen.
In his Twitter profile, Ray Chambers, WHO’s ambassador for global strategies, defended video games as an important weapon to fight the disease, thanks to its global reach.
“We are at a crucial moment to combat this pandemic. The companies in the games industry have a global audience and we encourage everyone to play together and separately. More physical distance and other measures will help to flatten the curve and save lives, ”said Chambers.
Who also shares the same thought is Tedros Adhanom, the director general of WHO.
“Thank you, Raymond Chambers, for mobilizing the gaming industry and getting it to present WHO’s advice on Covid-19 to its users. We must play together and separately to defeat the coronavirus, ”he said in a message posted on Twitter.
Thank you @RaymondChambers for mobilizing the gaming industry to feature @WHO advice on # COVID19 to their users. We all must #PlayApartTogether to beat the # coronavirus.https: //t.co/jJNsjuHlBn
– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 28, 2020
Since social isolation was imposed in many countries to combat the pandemic, several online games have seen a considerable increase in players. In addition, companies like Activision Blizzard and Riot Games are promoting measures to raise public awareness.
The WHO initiative is worth noting for a simple reason: the organization itself previously stated that video game addiction is considered a mental health problem.