Created: 01/15/2022, 06:26 From: Patrick HuljinaShareKovid Kapoor has been making jokes about his name since the Corona pandemic. © Kovid Kapoor/Privat/dpa His name actually means “scholar”. However, since the corona pandemic, Kovid Kapoor has had to constantly deal with misunderstandings, jokes and confusion.Bangalore – A simple tweet made a man from India an internet hit. “Went outside of India for the first time since COVID and met a bunch of people making fun of my name. Future trips abroad will be fun,” he wrote. The post was shared well over 4,000 times and received more than 40,000 likes. The curious thing about the story: the man’s name is Kovid Kapoor. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, his life has been turned upside down.
Kovid Kapoor: Man from India has strange name
Due to the similarity of his name to Covid-19, the 31-year-old has to constantly deal with misunderstandings, jokes and confusion. But Kovid takes it with humor. He shares his everyday experiences with the world on Twitter. The Indian told the German Press Agency that Google constantly believes that he misspells his own name. When his friends ordered a cake for his 30th birthday, the pastry shop wrote: “Happy birthday, #covid-30”. Kapoor said he was sent a free tiramisu with his real name on it.
“My name is Kovid and I’m not a virus”: Indians have often had to explain names since Corona
The most difficult thing at the moment is explaining his name so often, said the businessman from Bangalore. You actually pronounce your name with a soft “d” at the end and not with a hard one like “Covid”. His name means “scholar” in Hindi and Sanskrit. When the corona virus spread worldwide around two years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it wanted to use “Covid” to find a name that did not refer to a person or a group of people, a geographic region, or an animal. “My name is Kovid and I’m not a virus,” Kapoor tweeted in response at the time. Since his Twitter hype, a number of other people with the first name Kovid have reported to him, the 31-year-old said.
“Covid-positive since 1990”: Corona pandemic turns man’s life completely upside down
Changing his first name is out of the question for Kapoor. The Indian said he thinks it’s good that the corona pandemic has given him the opportunity to tell jokes. He has been “Covid-positive” since 1990 – i.e. since his birth. In his own words, he is convinced that the jokes will accompany him for a long time. However, he particularly hopes that the pandemic will soon be over. Omikron is currently causing a new wave. In Germany, new corona records are currently being recorded every day. Munich is now one of the frontrunners in incidence in Bavaria. (ph with dpa and afp)
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