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Dr. Howard Njoo answers COVID-19 questions in new YouTube series

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo speaks at a press conference on COVID-19 at West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada's deputy chief public health officer appears in a new educational video series on YouTube.

Dr. Howard Njoo sits down to answer questions about COVID-19 by some of Canada's top YouTube creators in four videos, three of which are now available.

YouTube says the content is a collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The company says the series is "an effort to share factual, authoritative information with a younger audience that may not be consuming news via more traditional sources."

Creators in the videos include Simply Nailogical, an Ottawa-based crime statistics analyst for the Canadian government whose YouTube channel features nail art.

Then there are do-it-yourself entrepreneurs The Sorry Girls and Peter McKinnon, a Toronto-based photographer who poses questions to Njoo from his paramedic cousin.

Upcoming participants include Jay Machalani, a bilingual Quebec-based creator and medic for the Canadian Forces who posts on the channel jayaddict.

Njoo speaks with each creator via video conference.

There videos are on a playlist on the Public Health Agency of Canada's YouTube channel called Healthy Canadians.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 28, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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