New Delhi: Well, by now, even a child would know how important it is to practice social distancing to curtail the spread of coronavirus. But, sadly there are still some people who are openly seen flouting social distancing protocols and are busy hoarding essential things, thereby leaving none for others amid the coronavirus crisis. Also Read - People in Kerala Practice Social Distancing While Buying Alcohol Outside Liquor Stores | Watch
Now, we have a term for such people: Covidiots! The urban dictionary, a crowdsourced online dictionary for slang words and phrases, has coined this word to refer to people who care little for others and indulge in panic-buying all the essential goods, creating scarcity for others. Also Read - Kartik Aaryan’s 'Social Distancing' Monologue Gets Thumbs-up From Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Varun Dhawan And Others
“Someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety. A person who hoards goods, denying them from their neighbors,” says the definition in Urban Dictionary. Also Read - Trending News Today, March 15, 2020: Coronavirus Effect: Italian Man Practices 'Social Distancing' By Wearing Giant Cardboard Disc Around His Waist | Watch
A second definition says, ”Person who, in times of pandemic crises, unnecessarily hoards toilet paper and more food than a family of eight could possibly eat in a year, has no regard for the welfare of others by buying up absolutely everything, is a self serving nitwit, and likely hasn’t clue one about the actual disease. These people will, by and large, possess a herd mentality and inadvertently put the general population at risk by perpetuating mistruths, rumours, and conjecture”.
Well, this new word has created a lot of buzz on social media, with people lauding the person who came up with the term while many others urged people not be covidiots.
Given its relevance, the hashtag #Covidiots has been trending in many regions across the world. Here’s what people are saying about it:
In the recent past, we have come across various instances of people fighting over toilet papers, while in India many reports of people resorting to panic-buying masks and hand sanitizers have come to the fore.
As India observes Janata curfew today, take a pledge to act as a responsible citizen and not be a covidiot!