University of Waterloo student is helping to combat COVID-19 misinformation with a little help from an adorable animation called Dr. Pixel.
Science student Ridhi Patel found herself at home in Niagara Falls when the pandemic shut down the Waterloo campus in March. She was also seeing a lot of misinformation being circulated and wanted to create a resource for children to use to learn about the virus; then she realized that people of all ages were believing what ever they were being told.
She recognized that this misinformation could have devastating effects and so used her basic coding and graphic design knowledge to develop a game called COVID-19 Quarantrivia with Dr. Pixel.
According to the games website: It has been developed by Ridhi Patel and Professor Jozef Nissimov, in collaboration with the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science, guided by the official advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the COVID-19 pandemic.
This game can help teach people true things about COVID-19 and also help them figure out what they believe which is incorrect. Play it, here, then consider sharing it.