BC's Top Health Officer Has Her Own Hype Guy Thanks To A Twitter Fan Club
With all the doom and gloom around COVID-19, especially now that it's officially a pandemic, we could use a bit of good news. Turns out, a B.C. health official at the centre of the coronavirus fight is so popular that there's a Twitter fan account acting like her hype guy. Dr. Bonnie Henry has been working hard to keep British Columbians safe and informed and has already developed a following.
Whether relaying the latest news or warning people about phone scammers trying to sell COVID-19 tests, Dr. Henry is the face of the coronavirus fight in the province.
The Dr. Bonnie Henry Fan Club on Twitter, or @bonniehenryfans, had almost 1,400 followers on Wednesday, March 11 even though the account was just created in March 2020.
Derek Kleinfeldt from Vancouver Island started the account after Dr. Henry was visibly moved at a press conference and received a ton of support online.
"A few people had mentioned that she should have her own fan club, and I couldn’t agree more. I started this account and it took off," he said to Narcity.
The account retweets positive praise, compliments and thanks that people give Dr. Henry on Twitter.
"I thought curating a feed...of only positive tweets would be a nice gesture," he said. "By curating all these accolades and kind words for Dr. Henry, I’m absolutely convinced we have (one of) the most competent and respected scientists leading a public health office."
Instead of rolling your eyes at another tweet about people panic-buying toilet paper, why not feel your heart get warmer by reading one of these tweets praising a health officer in B.C.?
As always, @DrBonnieHenry sets the standard for public health communication. Too often, public officials are dispas… https://t.co/eIumB4aBQ8— André Picard (@André Picard) 1583610646.0
It's not just the fan account that's heaping on the praise. One Twitter user said that the provincial health officer is setting the bar.
"Too often, public officials are dispassionate and robotic. using clear language and showing genuine emotion makes your message more relatable and impactful," reads the tweet.
@selinarobinson She’s really the bright light in Canada’s public response. You are so lucky to have her.— Vindicated. Every Damn Day. 🇨🇦🇮🇸🏳️🌈🍸 (@Vindicated. Every Damn Day. 🇨🇦🇮🇸🏳️🌈🍸) 1583856764.0
The real Dr. Henry also has her own Twitter account, although it's not verified and also not that active.
For all COVID-19 related news and updates, you should follow the BCCDC on Twitter.
When you need to be reminded of a bit of good in the world, then you can check out the fan account dedicated to B.C.'s top doctor in the fight against the pandemic.