“Covid-positive since 1990” – The Corona pandemic completely upsets people’s lives

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Kovid Kapoor has been making jokes about his name since the Corona pandemic. © Kovid Kapoor/Private/dpa

His name actually means “scholar”. However, since the Corona pandemic, Kovid Kapoor has constantly had to deal with misunderstandings, jokes and confusion.

Bangalore – A simple tweet made an Indian an internet hit. “I came out of India for the first time since COVID and met a bunch of people who made fun of my name. Future trips abroad will be fun,” he wrote. The post has been shared over 4,000 times and received over 40,000 likes. The curious thing about the story: the man’s name is Kovid Kapoor. Since the start of the corona pandemic, her life has been turned upside down.

Kovid Kapoor: The man from India has a strange name

Due to his name’s similarity to Covid-19, the 31-year-old constantly has to deal with misunderstandings, jokes and confusion. But Kovid takes it with humor. He shares his daily experiences with the world on Twitter. The Indian told the German Press Agency that Google constantly believes he misspells his own name.

When her friends ordered a cake for her 30th birthday, the bakery wrote: “Happy birthday, #covid-30”. Kapoor said he was sent a free tiramisu with his real name on it.

‘My name is Kovid and I’m not a virus’: Indians often had to explain names since Corona

The hardest thing right now is explaining his name so often, the Bangalore businessman said. You actually pronounce your name with a soft “d” at the end and not with a hard “d” like “Covid”. His name means “scholar” in Hindi and Sanskrit.

When the corona virus spread around the world about two years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it wanted to use the name “Covid” to mean that it did not refer to a person or a group of people, a geographical region or an animal. “My name is Kovid and I’m not a virus,” Kapoor tweeted in response at the time. Since his Twitter hype, a number of other people with Kovid’s first name have reported to him, the 31-year-old said.

“Covid-positive since 1990”: Corona pandemic completely upsets human life

Changing his first name is out of the question for Kapoor. The Indian said he thought it was good that the corona pandemic gave him the opportunity to tell jokes. He has been “Covid-positive” since 1990 – that is, since birth. In his own words, he is convinced that the jokes will accompany him for a long time. However, he is particularly hopeful that the pandemic will be over soon.

Omikron is currently creating a new wave. In Germany, new corona records are currently being recorded every day. Munich is today one of the forerunners in terms of incidence in Bavaria. (ph with dpa and afp)

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