As the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 has found its way all across the globe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) termed the outbreak as pandemic, along with several guidelines and restrictions on how to prevent further contamination of the virus into the population. Recently, WHO has started a social media campaign termed ‘#SafeHandsChallenge’ challenge, in an attempt to spread awareness against the Coronavirus woe. Several and iconic figures have come forward with a video of themselves washing their hands and nominating others.
The online challenge was started with Indian badminton Ace PV Sindhu, who was nominated by former US consul general of Hyderabad Katherine Hadda. Along with uploading a clip of herself washing hands, Sindhu further nominated Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Team India skipper Virat Kohli and Indian Tennis veteran Sania Mirza.
Thank you Ms @KatherineHadda for the challenge. Definitely we all can help slow the spread of #COVID2019
I now challenge @KirenRijiju @imVkohli @MirzaSania Make sure everyone wash yours hands properly #SafeHandsChallenge @WHO pic.twitter.com/Fztd6CzGU9
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) March 17, 2020
Superstar Indian sprinter Hima Das shared her clip, and nominated Kiren Rijiju, bollywood icon Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, iconic boxer MC Mary Kom and Indian Women’s Hockey Team captain Rani Rampal.
Wash your hands properly and regularly wherever you are. Lets come together and spread awareness. I challenge @KirenRijiju sir @akshaykumar sir @iTIGERSHROFF @sachin_rt sir @MirzaSania @MangteC @imranirampal for #HandwashChallenge #SafeHandsChallenge pic.twitter.com/5EoyBPg5C4
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) March 17, 2020
Kiren Rijiju was soon to follow up on his nomination, as he shared a clip doing the challenge, along with some advises to the citizens. he further nominated Women and Child Development minister Smriti Irani, Indian Table Tennis icon Manika Batra and singer Adnan Sami.
I accept your challenge @Pvsindhu1 @HimaDas8
We all can definitely stop the spread of #COVID2019 , I now challenge @smritiirani ji, @manikabatra_TT @AdnanSamiLive to make sure everyone washes hands properly. #SafeHandsChallenge @WHO https://t.co/BrOzcaYzMG pic.twitter.com/ehRLZwWUzJ
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 17, 2020
Sachin Tendulkar talked about washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, as he uploaded his clip.
हम सभी कोरोना वायरस (COVID-19) की वजह से चिंतित है।
इस वायरस को फैलने से रोकने के लिए जो एक आसान सी चीज़ हम कर सकते है वो है अपने हाथों को स्वच्छ रखना।
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 17, 2020
Indian hockey skipper Rani Rampal shared her video of washing hands, and mentioned her team’s coach Sjoerd Marijne, lead scientific advisor Wayne Lombard, Indian pugilist Vijender Singh, tennis star Karman Kaur Thandi, wrestler sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat and wrestler Sangram Singh.
I accept #SafeHandsChallenge from @sudarsansand @HimaDas8 I request everyone to take precautions and #StaySafe. I further challenge @SjoerdMarijne @waynelombard @boxervijender @KarmanThandi @geeta_phogat @BabitaPhogat @Sangram_Sanjeet to make sure people around you stay safe. pic.twitter.com/n5dfaINIn6
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) March 18, 2020
Former tennis icon Maria Sharapova also joined in for the challenge.
You got me out of my robe for a brief minute, @AngeKagame. Challenge accepted in an 80’s hair scrunchie 😊 #SafeHandsChallenge #StayHome #please 🙏🏻 Thanks for starting this initiative, @PaulKagame. We miss Rwanda so much 🇷🇼💕 pic.twitter.com/f1fjAGgYTw
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) March 18, 2020
Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger advised his fans all over the world to pay heed to the experts about the virus, as he was seen in a wholesome video of washing hands along with his dog Cherry.
I tried to do a hand-washing tutorial for Cherry but I think you guys will pay more attention. Be safe. Wash your hands. Listen to scientists and experts, not foreheads. Together, we can slow this down and protect each other. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/evDxVu6Etb
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 13, 2020
Fellow Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman also added in the practice of conserving water while washing hands as he uploaded his clip.
Take #2. You’re all absolutely right. Turn off the tap whilst washing your hands. Smart, healthy practices for you … and the planet.
🧼 🖐 🤚 🗺 #WashYourHands #SaveWater #world #HealthyLife pic.twitter.com/bygir5xjRN
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) March 15, 2020
Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone also joined in the trend, and she nominated Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kohli.
Thank You @DrTedros, for nominating me for the #SafeHands Challenge!#COVID19 surely is an uphill health and public safety task, but all of us are in this fight together!I further nominate @rogerfederer,@Cristiano and @imVkohli to take up this challenge! #coronavirus #StaySafe https://t.co/45glSxXkqP pic.twitter.com/7s7R4pIrrL
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) March 17, 2020
Actor Vatsal Sheth shared his clip, along with his witty trick of singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to account for the 20 seconds time frame, recommended for washing hands.
This is my Safe Hands Challenge 👏🏼
— Vatsal Sheth (@shethvatsal) March 17, 2020
International Sand Artist & Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik also took up the challenge.
Plz join with @WHO @DrTedros #SafeHands challenge! Hand washing is one of the vital precautions to stay safe from #COVID19. My humble request @Naveen_Odisha @dpradhanbjp @pcsarangi @DilipTirkey @KTRTRS @NBirenSingh @tim_cook to join the #SafeHands challenge & plz share a video pic.twitter.com/td4hMInPH3
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) March 18, 2020
Chandan Ray, captain of the Indian leg cricket team posted his clip, and mentioned Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain, and weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga.
We all can help slow the spread of #COVID2019 by washing our hands properly. I now challenge @Simranjitboxer @LovlinaBorgohai @raltejeremy to take up the #SafeHandsChallenge #StaySafe #SpreadCalmNotFear pic.twitter.com/CbbvfTpGfJ
— Chandan Ray (@imchandanRay) March 17, 2020
Indian Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan shared his clip, and nominated all Members of Parliament to take up the challenge.
I request all citizens to take the #SafeHands challenge & POST THEIR VIDEOS HERE to help create mass awareness !
Washing hands thoroughly with soap & water kills #coronavirus !
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 17, 2020
Anuradha Acharya, the founder and CEO of Ocimum Bio Solutions and Mapmygenome jpined in with her video.
Let's continue the #SafeHandsChallenge by @DrTedros @WHO. Please continue the #SafeHands @madversity @mapmygenome @ShafiAhmed5 @SoulaimaGourani @TVMohandasPai @kiranshaw @narendramodi @ShashiTharoor @able_indiabio @ArvinderSoin @Jo4dev @j_bindra @BDUTT #COVID2019 #COVID19india pic.twitter.com/3i70hiBte8
— Anu Acharya (@anuacharya) March 17, 2020