The world is distressed with the outbreak of the latest corona virus. More than one lakh people have been tested positive and WHO warns the numbers could increase significantly. Majority of the world is under some sort of a lockdown. Social distancing is the only way to contain the rapid spread of the virus.
What spreads faster and wider than the novel coronavirus, especially in a huge country with a massive population like India? Fake news, of course. As with any major phenomenon, rumours, gossip and unscientific beliefs are making their way into people’s screens and minds. Listed here are some of the most commonly associated myths surrounding the diseases and the real truth you need to know. Do share it and help someone in need!
1. Face Masks Protect You From Virus
Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from SARS-CoV-2, as they are not designed to block out viral particles and do not lay flush to the face. That said, surgical masks can help prevent infected people from spreading the virus further by blocking any respiratory droplets that could be expelled from their mouths. So wearing a mask when you are sick from cold or fever is recommended. Any close caretakers in the proximity of the affected person are also advised to wear masks.
2. The Virus Was Probably Made In Lab
No evidence suggests that the virus is man-made. Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be. In short, the characteristics of corona virus fall in line with what we know about other naturally occurring coronaviruses that made the jump from animals to people.
3. Kids Can’t Catch The Corona Virus
Children can definitely catch COVID-19, though initial reports suggested fewer cases in children compared with adults. For example, a Chinese study from Hubei province released in February found that of more than 44,000 cases of COVID-19, about only 2.2% involved children under age 19.
4. Vitamin C Prevents You From Catching COVID-19
Researchers have yet to find any evidence that vitamin C supplements can render people immune to COVID-19 infection. In fact, for most people, taking extra vitamin C does not even ward off the common cold, though it may shorten the duration of a cold if you catch one. That said, vitamin C serves essential roles in the human body and supports normal immune function.
5. A Vaccine For COVID-19 Is Available
For a vaccine to be tested and approved for human use, it takes several years. Rushing the process would be added stress to the scientists. There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings will take many months. Moreover testing it on animals and clinically ill patients will still be a long road ahead.
6. Ordering Chinese Products Is Dangerous
Researchers are studying the new coronavirus to learn more about how it infects people. As of this time, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a commercial package is low since it has likely traveled over several days and been exposed to different temperatures and conditions during transit. Moreover, the corona virus is not viable for more than 42 hours.
7. COVID-19 Will Vanish In Higher Temperature
COVID-19 cases have appeared in many tropical countries like Singapore, Thailand, India. So the idea that it will completely go away in the summer is not true. When it comes to virus transmission factors such as temperature, humidity and type of surface must be considered. Virus-laden droplets on surfaces can remain anywhere between 2 hours to nine days according to the WHO. These are likely to dry out rapidly in warm weather, possibly reducing its chances of being picked up.
8. Antibiotics Treat Corona Virus
This is not true. Antibiotics work only against bacteria. What we are dealing with now is a virus, which an antibiotic cannot kill. The reason antibiotics are prescribed when someone is infected with, say, the influenza virus, is that this leaves you vulnerable to other bacteria in your system, so the infection becomes two-pronged. The virus kills epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract making it vulnerable and bacteria can grow very easily on it. But in this case, an antibiotic is of no use.
9. Meat Can Spread Corona
COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can only come from direct contact with droplets released by an infected person. While it may have originated in animals and then transmitted to people through dietary means, it is not transmitted from person to person through food or meat. So there is no reason why you should stop eating non-vegetarian food. The only precautions to be taken should be to ensure whatever is eaten is fresh, properly cooked and is stored or transported with correct hygiene protocols.
10. Mosquitoes Transmit Corona Virus
No. To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the corona virus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The World Health Organization says the above fact. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
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‘365 Days’: Getting Banned Or A Sequel Coming-Up?
‘365 Days’ grabbed eyeballs when it was released on 7th February 2020 on Netflix. The movie follows Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka), a Polish executive who is holidaying in Sicily when she is kidnapped by Massimo (Michele Morrone), a mafia boss who has been obsessed with finding Laura after seeing her from afar five years ago. He tells her that he will keep her captive for 365 days until she falls in love with him (spoiler alert, she does), and thus the troublesome scene is set. The movie is based on the first novel of a trilogy written by Blanka Lipińska– 365 DNI. YAY! That means it’s a three-part series.
Our new Christian Grey, Massimo aka Michele Morrone, became an internet sensation in the blink of an eye. His Instagram followers grew from 700,000 to 2.2 million within few days.
All ‘365 Days’ fans and the actor’s fan are waiting for an update on the sequel. Morrone confirmed the sequel to ‘365 Days’, but he is not sure when the filming will start. In an interview with Koimoi, he said,
“We’re going to shoot the second part. We still don’t know when because of the problem the whole world’s got with [COVID-19], but for sure we will make it.”
“For sure, we are going to make a sequel, a hundred per cent. But I don’t know when I’m going to start shooting because of the coronavirus problem.”
This Netflix movie broke various records-
It was the first movie to have two multiday periods as Netflix’s #1 movie in the US.
The film has thus had 10 days as #1, the second-highest in the chart’s history.
Despite the movie’s success, it received a lot of backlash. It was criticised for romanticising kidnapping and rape. There is a standing petition to remove the movie from Netflix. However, the star Massimo is of a different view.
“I was dealing with a tough time in my life when I decided to do 365 Days. I am nothing like the character in the film and it was a task for me to do this role because I don’t understand the world of a sex addict.”
Reacting to people petitioning it to be removed from Netflix, Michele says, “It is based on a novel and it’s someone vision. It’s fiction after all.” The actor also went on to compare the film with Disney’s Beauty and The Beast.
Watch his full interview with quint where he shares his views!
Check out what the critics had to say about ‘Raat Akeli Hai’.
Raat Akeli Hai- What The Critics Have To Say
Raat Akeli Hai, a movie starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Radhika Apte, is finally out on Netflix.
The story revolves around Social Issues in a very complicated and unpredictable manner, directed by Honey Trehan. A lot of people have been waiting for it to come out since it has such an epic star cast. While everyone had really high expectations, things came out to be a little unpredictable too with the reviews.
Entertainment times- 3/5 stars
“Raat Akeli Hai is an unpredictable whodunit, where ‘who did it’, is more interesting than the ‘how and why’. After Mukesh Chhabra who made his directorial debut with Dil Bechara, noted casting director Honey Trehan too has donned the director’s hat for the first time in this Agatha Christie styled investigative drama. However, what he lacks as a first time director is to infuse the grittiness that Chaubey or Bhardwaj bring to the table. An element of fear, urgency, nervous energy and tension are mandatory in crime mysteries. At 2 hours and 29 minutes, the film devoid of the thrill factor, feels long-winded and exhausting.”
NDTV- 4/5 stars
“Raat Akeli Hai, understated and compelling, is a meticulously crafted whodunnit cast in the classic mould. It deals with shocking acts of moral depravity. But the film steers clear of exploitative sleaze, graphic violence and foul language. It is a genre film about a cop out to nail a murderer but it keeps worn out conventions down to the minimum.”
Firstpost- 4/5 stars
“Raat Akeli Hai sends you on a wild goose chase, exploring the shady dealings between the police-politicians nexus in UP and a rich, reputable family fighting for relevance in their small community. As the secrets start tumbling out, the story gets darker.”
“The ‘chhuris’ are out in Raat Akeli Hai, a homegrown murder mystery on Netflix that doubles as an impressive directorial debut for Bollywood casting director Honey Trehan. It’s the rare mainstream Indian film that doesn’t seem to be in a rush to tell its story, and earns its daunting two-and-a-half hour runtime — deviating from the primary plot when it wants to, and fleshing out its archetypal characters with care.”
“Raat Akeli Hai, directed by Honey Trehan, grabs our attention right from the start. Its first five minutes are suspenseful and evocative: long shots of a car and a truck on a highway at night, lit only by their headlights; not a single word of dialogue; two murders. The victims, returning from Gwalior to Kanpur, were Raghubeer’s first wife and driver, killed five years ago.”
Even IMDb gave it a score of 7.6/10 which is considered to be pretty strong.
To read Dil Bechara’s critic reviews, visit – Dil Bechara- Here’s What The Critics Have To Say
Sibling Love: Check Out How Stars Celebrated Raksha Bandhan
We all have a love-hate relationship with our siblings. We can’t live with them and can’t live without them as well. But they are our best friends. Today is Raksha Bandhan and we will shower love to our siblings in our own way. Check out how our stars celebrated this day:
1. Shweta Singh Kirti
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Sushant’s sister @shwetasinghkirti shares a heartfelt post remembering her brother writes “Happy Rakshabandhan mera sweet sa baby… bahut pyaar karte hain hum aapko jaan… aur hamesha karte rahenge… you were, you are and you will always be our PRIDE! ❤️ @sushantsinghrajput #happyrakshabandhan” . . #sushantsinghrajput
Sister of Late Sushant Singh Rajput, Shweta Singh shared a heartfelt note earlier this morning. She said,
Happy Rakshabandhan mera sweet sa baby… bahut pyaar karte hain hum aapko jaan… aur hamesha karte rahenge… you were, you are and you will always be our PRIDE! ❤️”
Sushant was found dead in his apartment on 14th June 2020.
2. Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut shared an adorable video where Kangana and Rangoli’s brothers surprised them with a sun-down dinner on the eve of #RakshaBandhan❤ 😍
3. Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan shared an adorable picture of Tim Tim (Taimur Ali Khan) and Inni (Inaaya) celebrating Rakshabandhan. Moreover, she shared another picture with her brother, Saif Ali Khan, showing her love for him.
4. Priyanka Chopra
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Happy Raksha Bandhan to everyone celebrating and to my incredible brood of brothers. I’ve always loved this special festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. I feel so blessed to have these wonderful, sensitive, supportive men in my corner always. I miss you all so much. Sending lots of love and hugs and oh also…as part of tradition… waiting for my gifts 😋
PCJ uploaded a picture of her wedding day. She said, “Happy Raksha Bandhan to everyone celebrating and to my incredible brood of brothers. I’ve always loved this special festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. I feel so blessed to have these wonderful, sensitive, supportive men in my corner always.
I miss you all so much. Sending lots of love and hugs and oh also…as part of the tradition… waiting for my gifts.”
5. Amitabh Bachchan
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.. and tomorrow be the festival of protection and security for the sister by the brother .. a pledge to be by her side, to hold her hand in times of trouble , to safeguard her from all evil that may erupt about and to let her know that no matter what he shall ever be by her side .. Raksha Bandhan : ‘raksha’ to protect ; ‘bandhan’ to tie to bond to hold together Our ‘samaaj’ does possess centuries old traditions that make us all valuable .. in the essence of behavioural convictions .. such convictions that can never be betrayed or dissolved .. they are the crafted genius of writings on stone .. forever ..
The Bachchan family is still battling Covid-19. Although Amit Ji was discharged as he tested Corona Negative, Abhisekh is still in the hospital coping with the disease. Amitabh Bachchan wrote a long message regarding the essence of Raksha Bandhan. He said,
“.. and tomorrow be the festival of protection and security for the sister by the brother .. a pledge to be by her side, to hold her hand in times of trouble, to safeguard her from all evil that may erupt about and to let her know that no matter what he shall ever be by her side ..
RakshaBandhan: ‘Raksha’ to protect; ‘Bandhan’ to tie to bond to hold together
Our ‘samaj’ does possess centuries-old traditions that make us all valuable .. in the essence of behavioural convictions .. such convictions that can never be betrayed or dissolved .. they are the crafted genius of writings on the stone .. forever …”
6. Kunal Khemu
Kunal Khemu celebrated Rakhi virtually. He said, “This is a first! Virtual Raksha Bandhan. #happyrakshabandhan to all
Thank you for the beautiful Rakhee and lovely letter @karishmakemmu I love you ❤️❤️”
7. Akshay Kumar
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भाई बहन के प्यार का मन्थन – रक्षाबंधन ❤️ On this auspicious day we make a promise of a story on the purest relationship ever – Presenting #RakshaBandhan! Directed by @aanandlrai starring @akshaykumar once again with #RakshabandhanTheFilm Written by #HimanshuSharma and produced by #ColourYellowProductions in association with #CapeOfGoodFilms, the film is presented by #AlkaHiranandani & @AanandLRai and hits theatres on 5th November 2021. #SirfBehneDetiHai100PercentReturn
Akshay Kumar celebrated this day in a unique way. He shared the poster of his upcoming movie which goes by the same name: Raksha Bandhan. He exclaimed,
“Hardly ever in life does one come across a story that touches your heart so deeply and so instantly…it’s the quickest I’ve signed a film in my career.
A story that will make you laugh and it will make you cry. And it will make us realise how blessed are those who have sisters. Dedicating this film, #Rakshabandhan to my dear sister, Alka and to the most special bond in the world…that of a brother and sister.
It makes me happiest that she is presenting and producing this film along with ace director Anand L Rai. Can’t thank him enough for bringing me one of the most special films of my life.”
Directed by Aanand L Rai
Written by #HimanshuSharma Produced by #ColourYellowProductions @cypplofficial in association with #CapeOfGoodFilms
Presented by #AlkaHiranandani & Aanand L Rai, in theatres on 5th November 2021. #SirfBehneDetiHai100PercentReturn
8. Shraddha Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor shared a very loving childhood photo with her brother while her brother said that he has the best sisters.
9. Riddhima Kapoor Sahni
Doting sister of Ranbir Kapoor, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni shared a post dedicated to her baby brother.
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