The goofy and fake logics behind ‘Janta Curfew’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently addressed the nation amid an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in India. Through the address telecasted on state television channels, Mr. Modi appealed the citizens to self-isolate themselves voluntarily and to avoid nonessential travels. Panic buying was a concern raised by the Prime Minister.

‘Janta Curfew’ was also a topic which the Prime Minister stated as – ‘by the people, for the people’ to fight Coronavirus. He appealed the nation to convey gratitude to all the people who are dedicating their efforts to diminish the outbreak. He appealed the citizens to observe ‘Janta Curfew’ on 22 March, from 7 am to 9 pm, and to convey the gratitude at 5 pm while standing at balcony by clapping and ringing bells, etc.

The claim

However, after his address to the nation, many claims made to it social media platforms. One such claim states, ” The logic behind Janta Curfew: As the Corona Virus life at one place is 12 hours and Janta curfew is for 14 hrs, so the places or points of public areas where corona may have survived will not be touched for 14 hours and this will break the chain. What we get after 14 hours will be a safer neighborhood. That is the idea behind it. So let us unite in this trying time, and help ourselves to overcome this threat.”

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Where’s the logic?

As several such posts claimed that the virus’s life at one place is 12 hours and the curfew will break the chain, the essential question is that what do the scientific bases say about the life span or life of such virus at one place?

A recently published study in the form of a letter to editor in New England Journal of Medicine reveals the life of the virus on surfaces and aerosols. The research, funded by the US National Institutes of Health shows that the coronavirus can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days.

Here are some facts revealed through the  study:

  • The virus was feasible up to 72 hours after being placed on stainless steel and plastic.
  • It was active up to four hours after being placed on copper
  • Moreover, the virus was viable for up to 24 hours on cardboard.
  • The study also stated that the virus was viable in aerosols for three hours, throughout the duration of their experiment.

From the study, it is evident that the viability of the coronavirus is different on different surfaces. Generalizing its viability to 12 hours is not factually correct. Moreover, the claim of breaking the chain cannot be correct on the fact that the mere claim that the former is based upon is also fake. Therefore, the claims made in such widely circulated posts are entirely fake.

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