HOPE: A Juan-Stop Information For All
News about the new and deadly virus that appeared in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 is everywhere. The virus is now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes is called COVID-19.
Where should you turn for the latest information on a rapidly changing situation? It’s hard to bear the convenience of the internet and we know there’s a lot of useful and reliable information online. But there’s also a lot of misinformation. The trick is to figure out which is which.
Beware: Fake news is rampant
Just as the number of people and countries affected by the coronavirus continues to increase, so have the number of false and misleading posts about it. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have seen a number of false information that mislead people, such as:
- The DOH did not issue an advisory on the transmission of the coronavirus through fake cigarettes or that they have reached the Philippines
- Photo of coronavirus infected corpses in Wuhan
- Novel coronavirus will not spread in PH due to high temperature, humidity
Facebook is trying to label those that are clearly false and reduce their ranking so they are less prominently displayed. Twitter and YouTube have also taken steps to limit misinformation. However, it is still impossible to catch them all, so it is best to look for information that will give you certain facts and updates about the widespread of COVID-19. Which is why the Iskolar ng Bayan developed an online bot that will answer to your query about coronavirus.
What is HOPE?
HOPE is an online chatbot that was developed by PUP Santa Maria Bulacan IT Alumni. The members behind this project are Software Developers, UI and UX Designers, and some IT students. Their aim is to recommend HOPE as a useful digital platform that provides concrete information. Its main goal is to give updates about the latest news or data about coronavirus to all people.
“It’s actually funny cause our original plan was just to create something out of boredom and curiosity and didn’t imagine every other possibility but we ended up supplying information around the world. Approximately 1000 users around the world are using this chatbot.”
What can you hope from HOPE?
HOPE presents COVID-19 statistics in terms of cases, recoveries and deaths along with useful resources and tips for keeping oneself safe and informed. It also shows nearby establishments such as testing centers, police stations, hospitals, ATM’s and banks. HOPE’s real-time updates scheduled every 5 pm.
What’s In it for You
“Social media is indescribably one of the most powerful tools in today’s generation when used with good intentions. And that’s the main reason why we created this one, due to a lot of fake news in our feed. News that creates havoc and panic all throughout the people.”
This chatbot can guarantee you the results for your queries to the best of our knowledge. It will give you access to the data provided to us by the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) about the pandemic crisis.
It’s new, it’s free and proven to be one-stop information for all.
If you want to try it you can click here:
Messenger Link: http://m.me/108567037219107
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectHopeSystem/
Article by: Cony Marie Macalintal for Iskolar Creatives