Get Your Facts Checked For Covid Second Wave

Get Your Facts Checked For Covid Second Wave

Can nebuliser replace oxygen cylinders? Did WHO warn India about the number of Covid cases this month? Multiple such claims have been doing rounds on popular social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. Let’s debunk some of these and give you a reality dose in these trying times.

Crux of the Matter

Fact Versus Reality
A lot of facts go around the social media platforms about Covid-19 and most of the time these facts are far away from the actual reality. These facts can be misleading and create confusion. Let us have a look at some of the facts doing rounds and the actual truth about them.

Final Thoughts
In these difficult times, look out for reliable sources like the Press Information Bureau before believing any of the claims circulating on social media.

  • RT-PCR has risen to become the benchmark technology for the detection and/or comparison of RNA levels. Due to its simplicity, specificity and sensitivity, RT-PCR is used in a wide range of applications from experiments as simple as quantification of yeast cells in wine to more complex uses as diagnostic tools for detecting infectious agents. 
  • On 11 February 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) named the disease “COVID-19”, which is short for coronavirus disease 2019.

Fact Check: Farmers’ Protest Violence And The Flag Fiasco

All said and done, the entire violent episode – especially on Republic Day – was condemnable. The purpose of this post isn’t to justify any action but to rather look at them from an objective perspective.

The sectarian angle being given to the violence only makes it worse. We feel that as a nation we should work towards de-escalating the issue and bridging any divide between communities.

Further, we feel the sensible thing to do is to not give credibility to a fringe movement like Khalistan by bringing them up again and again in discussions.

Crux of the Matter

The Flag Debate: Understanding The Flags

  • The Khanda is a symbol of the Sikh faith. It attained its current form around the first decade of the 20th century.
  • The Nishan Sahib is a Sikh flag. Generally, it is triangular in shape. The common modern variant is saffron in color. There is a yellow variant called Basanti Nishan Sahib. Modern versions of both have the Khanda symbol.
  • It can also be represented in rectangle shape.

The Other Flags

  • The Khalistani movement is a fundamentalist sectarian secessionist movement that rose in the 70s. While they have adopted some Sikh religious symbols and flags for themselves, they do not represent the Sikh religion. It is a fringe movement that does not have support of the majority of Sikhs.
  • Khalistanis generally use a yellow flag with the Khanda symbol and Khalistan written on it. Their adoption of any flag is not recognised by the Indian state officially.

More Sources Of Confusion
Adding to the confusion, various farmers’ bodies that have participated in the recent farmer protests use yellow flags.

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