Coronavirus (261) SAWBO COVID-19 Animation and Building a WhatsApp Network to Share Educational Content (3)

30 March, 2020

Dear HIFA,

The following is a response to a comment from Chris Zielinski (see below).

We strongly appreciate Chris's comment, and we must note there was no malicious intent.  Our animators created this animation in record time (8 days) between their day jobs.  We had a large team of people check over this animation prior to release and no one noted such a concern. 

There was certainly no intent to convey such a message.

However, we have taken Chris's comments to heart and have updated the animation.   We thank Chris for his comments - they are highly appreciated.  We also thank Chris for looking over the updated version before its release yesterday.

Please see the updated animation (in English) - and please share as you see fit.  The 3gp files, for WhatsApp sharing, have been updated as well.

Your sharing of this content is what we need.  Thanks in advance for your efforts.

We will be updating our other langauge variant animations in the coming days.




HIFA profile: Barry Pittendrigh is a Professor at Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), USA. Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) creates and deploys educational animations for low literate learners in their own languages. These animations can be downloaded from SAWBOs website and used on cell phones in educational programs.

Coronavirus (238) SAWBO COVID-19 Animation and Building a WhatsApp Network to Share Educational Content (2)

26 March, 2020

It's a pity that, at the beginning of this animation, the spread of Covid-19 is repeatedly shown (from 0:21) as a kind of pulsing ray from China spreading to the rest of the world. While this may reflect the US President's notions, it was declared a pandemic over a month ago: Covid-19 is spreading by local transmission on each continent. Even in the simplified diagram in your aniumation, this should be depicted as a pulsing ray in each larger land mass to avoid location or enthnicity bias.

Chris Zielinski <>




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