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If You Have Corona and You Know it, Clap Your Hands: Modi

The dangerous side of too little information.


We’ve all seen the fake WhatsApp image of the Coronavirus ‘retreating‘ in India after the ‘taali bajao, thali bajao‘ exercise as part of the BJP’s curfew in India. Despite the similar message being circulated every year, Indians still fell for it.

As part of the nationwide ‘Janta curfew,’ the Prime Minister Narendra Modi called to the people to participate in a nationwide exercise to mark the curfew.

As if there wasn’t enough misinformation already about the Coronavirus, India even implicated the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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At 5 PM on Sunday, March 22nd, Indians lined up on their doorsteps, and balconies to clap, and banged on pots, pans and plates, for ‘taali bajao, taali bajao‘. Here’s a dedicated thread to what went down.

They created a ‘sound‘ to thank healthcare and essential service workers on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus. This was followed by a fake WhatsApp message that even NASA witnessed the ‘sound’ from space.

According to News 18, during Diwali every year, the same message of “NASA sharing visuals of India from space” is circulated with an image. Every single year, without fail.

Yet people still fall for it. To the point where people even believed the vibration from the clapping actually destroyed the virus.

In fact the ‘taali bajao, thali bajao‘ exercise wasn’t even helping the fight against Coronavirus at all.


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In fact, Modi was even bashed by the healthcare officials he was ‘honoring’ with the ‘taali bajao, thali bajao‘ exercise.

Even Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi offered his two cents.

Science says its wrong, but we already knew that

First off, space is a vacuum and sound cannot travel through it. Secondly, NASA ain’t got time for that.

Netizens, on the other hand, have plenty of time to make memes out of this.

So what do you think? Will clapping your hands stave off coronavirus?

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.


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