Coronavirus pandemic

WHO expert gives advice on the virus through comic strips

Part of a series of comics published by the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine which is aimed at educating the public about Covid-19. Since the first comic strip was published on Feb 14, it has reached more than two mi
Part of a series of comics published by the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine which is aimed at educating the public about Covid-19. Since the first comic strip was published on Feb 14, it has reached more than two million social media accounts. The World Health Organisation is now translating the series into other languages.ILLUSTRATION: NUS YONG LOO LIN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Professor Dale Fisher chairs the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and also has an extra task during this outbreak: He is the expert in a series of comics aimed at educating the public about Covid-19.

"If you understand the disease, you don't panic. That's why community messaging and engagement is so critical," said the Australian-born senior consultant at the National University Hospital's division of infectious diseases. He has been on WHO outbreak missions to places such as Mongolia and Liberia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2020, with the headline 'WHO expert gives advice on the virus through comic strips'. Print Edition | Subscribe