June 28, 2020

WHO Urges Vigilance Using Mr Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist (VIDEO)

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO), Project Everyone and Tiger Aspect Productions have partnered to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) using global comedy cartoon star, Mr Bean to remind people about the importance of washing hands, physical distancing and showing kindness.

Essential message from WHO for you

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise globally, “Mr Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist” is a reminder to people about the importance of washing hands, physical distancing and demonstrating kindness to their neighbours. The PSA features a cartoon sketch of Mr Bean comically tackling a pesky roller blind to finally reveal a number of essential tips to protect people against COVID-19.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said: “COVID-19 affects every walk of human life, and we need to use all tools and avenues at our disposal to share life-saving information with all people around the world. I am grateful for the support of the team behind Mr Bean for lending your voice and talents to spread vital advice on physical distancing, hygiene and knowing the symptoms.”

The PSA is voiced by Mr Bean star, Rowan Atkinson, who created the Mr Bean character to be "a child in a grown man's body" when he was at Oxford University along with filmmaker and Sustainable Development Goal advocate Richard Curtis. Mr Bean, which was originally broadcast in the 1990s before transforming into an animated series, has since expanded on a global scale with 96 million Facebook followers globally and major fanbases across India, Brazil and Indonesia. Mr Bean also celebrates his 30th anniversary in 2020.

Watch the PSA below, and spread wide to remind everyone you know.

The PSA was coordinated by Project Everyone, a not-for-profit agency devised by Richard Curtis working to put the power of communications behind the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Richard Curtis said: “We are delighted to work with the WHO on this Mr Bean sketch and to support health messaging around COVID-19. In 2015 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to end poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Good Health and Wellbeing is Goal 3 and central to achieving all of the Global Goals. It’s key that we work with creative partners - and that all sectors come together to continue to get messages out about how we can tackle COVID-19 and build back a better world where the Global Goals remain the guiding plan to be achieved by 2030. I’m not QUITE sure which sector Mr Bean belongs too - but we're delighted to have him on board.”

What is Covid 19?

COVID-19 (also Coronavirus 2019 disease) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

The Coronavirus particles
The Coronavirus particles
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease (including COPD and asthma), and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. You need to protect yourself and others from infection always by frequently washing your hands or applying an alcohol based hand rub, physical distancing, and not touching your face.

It is important to show kindness to everyone around you at this difficult time in the world because every person and every business across the world is currently suffering from the stress and anxiety arising from the fear of Covid-19. Read more about the important basics of Covid-19 disease and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid 19 disease.

The above article is reproduced from material entitled 'The World Health Organization reminds public to remain vigilant through Mr Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist' as provided by the WHO here. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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