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WHO encourages playing video games during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 6:05 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 07:05:24-04

The World Health Organization is encouraging people to play video games during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ray Chambers, U.S. ambassador to the WHO, tweeted his support, asking people to help continue social distancing efforts by picking up a game to help save lives.

He used the hashtag #PlayApartTogether as part of WHO’s growing movement to unite people around the world while also asking them to keep their distance.

In the past, the organization has classified video game addiction as an official mental health disorder.

Several U.S. game companies are joining the movement by making certain content available for free or adding new features and extra rewards.