New Delhi, 20 August 2020: ApnaMask, a non-profit initiative and volunteer group by StartupsVsCovid has rolled out ‘I am a Corona Soldier’ campaign. The campaign aims to recruit a robust force of ‘Corona Soldiers’ who protect the country against the coronavirus with very simple and light ammunition – a mask. As per the Campaign details, the Corona Soldiers will commit to wearing a mask everytime they step out and will encourage others to do the same.
Sport stars Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Yogeshwar Dutt along with Bipasha Basu, Diana Penty, Mouni Roy and Keerthi Suresh have embraced this intitiative along with gallant Army veterans Lt. Col. MK Sinha (Retd), a Kargil war hero and Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) together with ApnaMask are calling upon every Indian to become Corona Soldiers by wearing a mask and help India win this war against Covid-19.
The campaign plays out on its website http://www.iamacoronasoldier.com/, where people can register and become a ‘Corona Soldier’. Equipped with a simple mask, ‘Corona Soldiers’ take the responsibility to spread the message and recruit more ‘Corona Soldiers’ by inviting them to join force through social media. The campaign that went live on August 15, 2020 has already recruited Olympic medalist Mary Kom, badminton star Saina Nehwal, Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, as well as actors Bipasha Basu, Mouni Roy, Diana Penty, Keerthi Suresh and more are joining the force.
The campaign has been conceptualized basis the findings of a recent study by ApnaMask.org that examined the awareness of preventive guidelines among Indians as well as their motivation behind compliance. Findings revealed that while awareness on masks and practicing social distancing is quiet high among Indians, compliances for the same is as low as 44%. Inconvenience is the primary reason for drop in compliance.