Papad to glowing masks: 5 bizarre things you’ve heard around Covid-19 in recent times

Published on: 16 December 2021, 18:22 pm IST

While the new Covid-19 variant Omicron is spreading its wings around the world, we bring to you some of the weirdest claims or studies around detection and prevention of coronavirus.

Shifa Khan
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Check out some of the strangest things we’ve read related to Covid-19. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Living with the fear of Covid-19 is the new normal. This pandemic has exerted enormous pressure on life, and turned around how we live and work around it. Businesses shut down, countries imposed prolonged lockdowns, leaving people at home in almost uncertainty.  While scientists have been at it, trying to come up with vaccines, diagnosis, and cures to fight the pandemic, some innovations have us saying “What???” in surprise!

Now if you’re curious to know what these things are all about, let’s dive in straight:

1. Bhabhiji Papad

While papad is a crisp condiment in every Indian thali that can burst flavours in your mouth, an Indian minister made ‘unscientific’ claims about it. In July 2020, a viral video featured Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal claiming that a certain ‘Bhabhiji Papad’ contained ingredients that can help develop antibodies against Covid-19. Wait for an unexpected turn! He tested Covid positive within two weeks of his outlandish claim.

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East or west, papad is the BEST but for covid-19! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Air purifier necklace

Claiming to eliminate dust, pollutants and even viruses from the air, small wearable air purifiers became the talk of the town. More so after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte flaunted one on his visit to India. These tiny air purifiers work by emitting thousands of ions into the air that stick pollutants and viruses around them with a static charge. A study by the Innovative Research Groups of the National Natural Science Foundation of China found that these wearable air purifiers do not provide much-needed protection against the deadly Covid-19.

3. Glowing masks

Basking in the UV light, coronavirus is claimed to glow when someone wears this mask developed by Japanese researchers. Even though it may sound bizarre, the news is abuzz with this product – a mask filter coated with an ostrich’s antibodies. The weird coating on masks is based on the fact that these giant birds have a strong resistance to diseases. Since the research is still in motion, we are yet to know if they really work!

4. Anti-corona fabric

Cashing on the Covid-19 fear, many big fish in the clothing industry introduced their ‘anti-corona’ fabrics in the market. The companies claimed their fabrics are coated with special ‘viroblock’ technology that immediately kills the virus that comes in contact with it. However, according to reports, medical experts dismissed these claims by calling them marketing gimmicks.

5. Chewing gum

Chewing gums for fresh breath is passé perhaps! So, a few researchers in Pennsylvania decided to develop a chewing gum that traps the novel coronavirus present in an infected person’s mouth. Though the research on the effectiveness of this plant-based gum is in its early stages, chewing gum as Covid-19 cure seems like a distant, but tasty dream!

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Sorry to burst your bubble ladies but the piece of gum ain’t doing you any good. GIF courtesy: Red Chillies Entertainment

The last words

While scientists and medical experts will continue to explore, create and market technological innovations to fight Covid-19, let us practice the basics. Don’t forget to wash and sanitise your hands, practice safe and social distancing and wear a mask!

Shifa Khan Shifa Khan

An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued!

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