As the number of Covid infections skyrockets, social media influencers set an example by helping victims

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As the number of Covid infections skyrockets, social media influencers set an example by helping victims

Gurnaaz Kaur & Sheetal

As the second wave of Covid-19 will get intense, individuals are rising as much as the event and providing their assist. And social media is taking part in an enormous position in connecting donors/helpers to the households of Covid sufferers. From actors like Sonu Sood to Instagram influencers like Kusha Kapila, Dolly Singh to comic Saloni Gaur to artist Neha Doodles, many have come ahead to interact with their followers to assist the needy. We ask movie star artistes, comedians and writers how they’ve contributed their bit on this hour of disaster.

Let’s speak

Stand-up comic Amit Tandon had posted a message of hope amid the rising lockdown woes per week in the past, whereby he volunteered to attach with Covid sufferers each day, a 30-minute session which concerned talks and presumably few laughs. He says, “The idea just came to me because of the second lockdown. This time it hit harder. So, I announced that I would talk to people who are Covid positive on Twitter. It exploded instantly and we’ve been getting too many mails. We have spoken to around 250 people. I speak for 10 minutes and for the rest 40-50 minutes they share what they are going through. Somebody is stuck in Maldives in a water villa, someone is in a hospital, someone has blood cancer. Once there was one aunty ji who was in a hospital and just wanted to listen because she couldn’t talk.”

Amit Tandon

Classic and constructive

Ludhiana-born humorist Rahul Dua calls this stream of DMs (Direct Messages) and first-hand verifications of necessary contacts in his tales, a basic example of utilising social media in its truest sense. “We have gained something beautiful out of this. And unlike the ‘usual’ way of using social media, of becoming a keyboard warrior of trolls and abuses, many artistes and comedians have come together to utilise their resources. The second wave was inevitable but still we were caught unprepared. The system wasn’t prepared. And when the entire system collapsed, mankind rose above expectation and social media came handy.”

Currently residing in Gurgaon, it began when somebody from his pal’s household bought admitted to a hospital and he tried to rearrange a plasma donor for him. Now, he posts about accessible assist in Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Punjab and different states. He provides, “I am thankful to be in a position where I can sit at a place and reach out to so many people just by sharing a story. It’s a privilege and should be used in the right way.”

In proper path

Popularly generally known as Guptaji, comic Appurv Gupta is utilizing his social media deal with to assist individuals battle Covid. He says, “Many of my shows scheduled during the last week got cancelled and free time on my hands made me think, ‘what’s the use of so many followers on Twitter when I cannot utilise it and point them in the right direction.’ In our case, towards the availability of plasma donors, Remedesivir doses and oxygen cylinders. There were few requests at first but after a few days my social media handles were bombarded with requests. I don’t know the exact number but we have helped 100+ people since last week. We have also made a group on telegram to reach out to more affected people.”

We shall overcome this

Nikhil Taneja, entrepreneur and co-founder of @weareyuva, says, “Many of us, including myself, are not keeping tabs on the lives saved or lives lost but we are just busy making a difference and doing our bit.” He believes that we’ve got to sail by way of these robust instances. “It is frightening to think how many people are there who don’t have access to internet and not privileged enough to reap its benefits,” provides Nikhil.

Meanwhile, entrepreneurs and B-towners have additionally conveyed their willingness to assist.

Reaching out and the way!

Help is assist

“Tough times call for unity, help all those that you can…small help or big help, help is help. DM me if I can help in any way…will try my best…take care, be kind… Love and strength Rhea” reads the Instagram Story of actress Rhea Chakraborty.

Let’s be optimistic

“Last five days looking for one positive thing to say-not found it. Feels like 24/7 lump in throat to see so many suffer in silence and pain-would love to say “Let’s be positive” however can’t. I urge anybody who can to every day flip to 5 individuals identified/unknown and see how one can assist or consolation them! -Ronnie Screwvala, chairman and co-founder, upGrad

Be a hero

Gurmeet Choudhary shared a message: “Let’s be a hero instead of just supporting your favourite heroes. Requesting not only my FAN CLUB but for all the different celebrities FAN CLUBS to come together in support to help eachother.. My mission is to help as many people as possible. Request all to help me in my mission…You guys are powerful and can reach out to as many as you can, keep supporting ”

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