The drama of being called Kovid: people who share the same name as the pandemic

They are called Kovid and they are not a virus. This is the best way to approach the drama experienced by those people who are unlucky enough to share their names with the after the will announce the official name of the coronavirus in February 2020. This is the history of how the homonym radically changed the life of more than one simply because its name sounds very similar to the disease that has been plaguing the world in recent years.

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Around the same time, the American newspaper says , a businessman from Bangalore, India, named he made this precision in his account of Twitter And, since then, he continued to use it, even performing everyday actions such as ordering a coffee, checking in at a hotel or showing his passport at airports.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the lives of people who share the Sanskrit name Kovid (which means “scholar” The “Scholarly person”, being even mentioned in Vedic literature and in a Hindi poem dedicated to Lord Hanuman), victims in turn of jokes and comments in the almost two years that the global health emergency has been going on.

Kovid Kapoor, “patient zero”

“It was complete madness”, Kapoor told the aforementioned media about what it has been like to live with the same name as the deadly respiratory virus, although he emphasized that, despite the fact that its writing is almost the same, what differentiates it from the designation of the infamous virus is its pronunciation (It is said that “Covid-dah”).

Although he resorts to humor to cope (as mentioned in his description of Twitter What is it “Positive kovid since 1990”, that Google suggest that his own name was misspelled, among others), Kapoor knows that “Funny and sad” of all this is that it will not end in the immediate future.

Although the WHO, details The Washington Post, considered “Numerous variables” In order not to refer to a geographical location, an animal, a specific ethnic group – which is also pronounceable and related to the disease – at the time of announcing the official name of the virus, they apparently did not take into account the homonymy.

Kovid Jain and Kovid Sonawane, other “affected”

Like Kapoor, his compatriot Kovid Jain (28) thought that “It was hilarious during the first year” from COVID-19 pandemic, even going so far as to joke with the similarity of his name with that of the disease; However, now she prefers not to use her name in public, resort to her husband’s or some nickname for “Save unnecessary teasing”.

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The same situation is the one that lives Kovid Sonawane (34), from the city of Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra, who said that while he understands the funny side, he feels “Often irritated by correlation” in the similarity of his name with that of the virus, especially when the taunts come from people outside his friend circle.

It not only affects the Kovid, but also their “variants”

As the aforementioned newspaper mentions, this drama not only affects people who are called Kovid because of these new terms added to the global lexicon. An example of this is the artist , whose real name is Omari Ishmael Grandberry, who clarified in Twitter any confusion around his stage name and the omicron variant of the virus.

Some companies were also forced to make this type of clarification such as the American commercial airline (with the Delta variable of COVID-19) and the Mexican beer brand , which at the beginning of the pandemic suffered a severe setback due to the way people associated its name with that of the coronavirus.

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