WhatsApp helps you stay connected during the pandemic

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With a set of stickers, the company reminds us to wash our hands and keep our distance .

Person holding on a cell phone using the Whatsapp application.

Amid the pandemic, the app has implemented strategies to help people stay connected. / Photo: Pexels - Anton

LatinAmerican Post | Michell Valdez

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Through their blog, the WhatsApp company showed its enthusiasm to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) by presenting a package of stickers, which it considers to be a "fun, educational and universal tool that overcomes barriers such as language or age, among others. "

The initiative will help people stay connected during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and its options include reminding people to wash their hands, keep their distance, or exercise.

This set of stickers called “Together at home” is now available on WhatsApp and includes some texts translated in nine languages (Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish).


The blog of the technology company ensures that in some of these drawings you can read phrases like "we will get through this together"; "give me five from afar" "are you okay?"; "you are my hero"; or "at home".


The company states through a communication that "millions of stickers are sent every day on WhatsApp, helping people to share their thoughts without having to write a single word."

They assure that since they presented this option more than a year ago, stickers have become one of the forms of communication that has grown the fastest on this platform.

Among their aspirations is "that people use these stickers to maintain contact with their loved ones, especially those who feel isolated, alone and afraid."


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Video call limit increases to eight participants

The possibility of making video calls of up to 8 people on WhatsApp is already a fact. Since last April 28, the latest version of the application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and on most Android devices with the latest update on Google Play.

But if you still have trouble finding the new version of WhatsApp, you can always download it from its page.

These group video calls with up to eight members seek to keep us connected in this confinement season.


Steps to take

In Android: we must go to the Calls tab and click on the "+" icon in the lower right area, then in "New group call" we select the seven participants and finally click on the call or video call icon.


In iOS: we go to the Calls tab and press the "+" icon in the upper right area and select "New group call". Then we choose the seven contacts and press the call or video call icon,


Other allies

In addition to this initiative, WhatsApp is working directly with NGOs and government institutions, in order to connect people with accurate information. The platform is a believer that now more than ever people need to be able to communicate, so they will continue to work hard to keep WhatsApp working reliably during this unprecedented global crisis.