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March 29, 2020 at 8:28 AM EDT – Updated March 29 at 9:28 AM
(CNN) – The World Health Organization is encouraging people to play video games amid 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 and helping 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.
We’re at a crucial moment in defining outcomes of this pandemic. Games industry companies have a global audience – we encourage all to #PlayApartTogether. More physical distancing + other measures will help to flatten the curve + save lives. https://t.co/QhX0ssN0lH
— Ray Chambers (@RaymondChambers) March 28, 2020
The WHO recommendation is significant because in the past the organization 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.
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