Fact Check: No, clapping hands in Janata Curfew does NOT kill Coronavirus

Hyderabad: In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, prime minister Narendra Modi had appealed to Indian citizens to join in a 5-minute standing ovation, in appreciation towards the health workers in the country. Calling for a ‘Janata curfew’ on March 22, he asked people to “clap hands, beat plates, ring bells” on Sunday exactly at 5 pm in the evening.

In this context, a video has been going viral on various social media platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter, claiming that clapping hands will kill Coronavirus, which is why the prime minister had called for it.

Fact Check:

The video, was uploaded on Instagram by Vedantika Puri, who identifies as a wellness coach, on March 19. In the video, she explains that the “energy and vibrations created by this action (clapping) kills a lot of bacteria”. She further adds that temples ring bells “not only to bring the disciples into prayer mode but also to kill viruses and bacteria surrounding the temple.”

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How brilliantly Modiji is using energy medicine to diminish Coronavirus. He so wonderfully orated how to take care during this time and bringing in “Janta curfew” but the most exciting part for me was the 5 minute clapping and sending out gratitude So guys both these actions have a science behind it… firstly clapping,the energy and vibrations created by this action kills a lot of virus in and around our vicinity,temples have bells for not only disciplines to focus on prayers but also to clean the environment as cleanliness is one of the most important rules of spirituality and Religion. Second the Gratitude at the same time… well most of us know about the attitude of gratitude, when we focus on abundance and more we have more to thank and when we focus on lack we have less eventually,sometimes as humans we can pray from a space of fear also but our prime minister has shifted the focus to Gratitude which is the most beautiful energy of them all. So if 130 crore Indians TOGETHER clapping and send out this energy the ripple effect of it will try and kill the coronavirus in the air but Multiple such virus, so please don’t take it lightly, do participate for your COUNTRY, our Mother Earth needs us now…. JAI HIND #narendramodi #corona #coronavirus #energymedicine #rippleeffect #creatingintension #priminister #priminsterofindia #savethenation #motherearth #savethecountry #clapping #gratitude #attitudeofgratitude

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The video ends on a note claiming that “vibrations created by such sounds are not handled by bacteria” and with 130 crore Indians participating in the Janata curfew, “Coronaviruses and unwanted bacteria will die”.

Apart from this, several WhatsApp messages have also gone viral, which convey messages on a similar note. “22nd March is Amavasya, darkest day in a month. All virus, bacteria and evil forces have maximum potential and power on such days. 5 PM- clapping, shankh nada etc by 130 crore people at the same time will create so much vibrations that virus will lose all potency. Must for everyone,” said a WhatsApp message which went viral. Similarly, a YouTube video claiming ‘Nadh Yoga’ or sound therapy as a cure for coronavirus has also gained traction.

However, there is no scientific basis to these claims.

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Director, Rakesh Mishra said, “There is no evidence to claim that sound will kill Coronavirus. If that were the case, India being one of the noisiest countries, the virus should have been non-existent. There is no connection between sound vibrations and the Coronavirus. It is surprising that such messages are still going viral and believed by lot of people.”

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has also refuted the claim.

Hence, the claim that clapping hands during Janata curfew will kill the virus is FALSE.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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