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World Health Organisation And FIFA Join Hands To Tackle COVID-19, Shares 5 Steps To Kick Out Coronavirus

To combat COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and FIFA have teamed up by launching a new awareness campaign – “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus”

World Health Organisation And FIFA Join Hands To Tackle COVID-19, Shares 5 Steps To Kick Out Coronavirus

New Delhi: “For the first time ever we, the entire world, are all playing on the same team. Our opponent is a disease. We need determination, discipline, and teamwork to beat coronavirus. The world of football is united and together, we will win”, states the video message released by FIFA, the international governing body of football, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). To combat COVID-19, which has infected over half a million people (5,32,809) across 176 countries, WHO and FIFA have teamed up by launching a new awareness campaign – “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus”.

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The video campaign launched on Monday (March 23) is focused on promoting the five key steps to contain the spread of the pandemic. The five crucial steps include hand washing; sneezing and coughing etiquette – covering the nose and mouth with a bent elbow or tissue; not touching your face; social distancing; staying home if feeling unwell.

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The video highlighting the measures to stop the spread of coronavirus is being published in 13 languages and features 28 football players. Speaking at the virtual launch of the campaign, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said, “We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus. FIFA has teamed up with the WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out COVID-19.”

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Watch Football Legends Give Lesson On How To Beat Coronavirus

The one minute 34 seconds long video stresses on the fact that how in the game of coronavirus, there are only two teams – the world and COVID-19. Just like in other games, only one team can win and here the world has to win this battle against infectious disease.

Highlighting the five steps to tackle the novel coronavirus, former footballer Gary Lineker said, “There are five key steps to tackle the coronavirus – hands, elbow, face, distance and feel.”

Elaborating on the first step, ‘hand’, Brazillian Footballer Alisson Becker requested everyone to wash their hands regularly. He said,

Please wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based solution.

Further guiding on coughing and sneezing etiquette, Carli Llyod, American soccer player, said,

With your elbows bent, please cover your nose and mouth, if you sneeze or cough. If using tissues, please dispose them immediately.

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Experts and doctors are constantly asking everyone to not touch their face, especially with dirty hands because our hands touch too many surfaces and can quickly pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to face, from where the virus can move inside our body, making us feel unwell. Echoing the same in the video, Lionel Messi said, “For your face, avoid touching your eyes, your nose, and your mouth. This can prevent the virus from entering your body.

The fourth and another vital step is to maintain social distance. It is being said that this is not the time to sit or stand close to anyone, especially sick people. Reiterating the advice, Han Duan said,

In terms of social interaction, take a step back. Stay at least one-meter distance from everyone that coughs or sneezes.

By maintaining such social distance, you are helping to avoid breathing in any droplets from someone who sneezes or coughs in close proximity.

If you feel unwell, stay home. Please follow all instructions from your local health authority, said Samuel Eto’o, concluding the video.

The common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and breathlessness. WHO suggests seeking medical advice in case you have symptoms and staying updated with the latest information provided by the local authorities.

Football Players Also Take WHO’s Safe Hands Challenge

To promote clean hands and instill the habit of washing hands with soap or alcohol-based rub, the World Health Organisation (WHO) that has declared the COVID-19 as a pandemic, launched the ‘Safe Hands Challenge’ on March 13.

In a two minute long video shared by WHO on Twitter, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, gave a lesson on how to have clean and safe hands. Dr Tedros taught the right technique to wash hands in 11 steps and asked the world to take the WHO Safe Hands Challenge and show where and how you wash your hands. He also nominated a bunch of celebrities, football players, and others.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino joined Dr Tedros in his fight against COVID-19 by ensuring hand hygiene. In his video, Gianni Infantino not only promoted handwashing but also gave the message of saving water. He asked his viewers to not waste water and close the tap while rubbing hands with soap.

Brazilian Footballer Kaka also took the WHO #SafeHands challenge passed on to him by FIFA President Gianni Infantino for protecting the health and beating #COVID19. Sharing a video of him washing his hands with soap Kaka wrote, “We must be ready to support each other in this fight against #coronavirus for our families, our friends, our communities & our world.”

Dr Natalia Becker, serving WHO as Goodwill Ambassador for Health Promotion and her husband Alisson Becker, Brazilian Footballer answered Dr Tedros’s call to join the #SafeHands challenge. Alisson Becker replicated the 11 steps of handwashing as taught by Dr Tedros.

Other footballers including Didier Drogba and Peter Schmeichel too took the challenge and showed their support towards fighting the COVID-19.

About Coronavirus Outbreak

The novel coronavirus which originated in China’s Wuhan on December 30, 2019, has caused 24,080 deaths across the world. Slowly and gradually, the infectious disease is holding its ground in India as well where 724 cases and 17 deaths have been reported. In India, Kerala has 137 confirmed cases of coronavirus followed by Maharashtra with 130 cases.


Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.


3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35


48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96


29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16


West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10


14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29



10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6


10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20



9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2



8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14


Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11



7,71,035 16

105 158


10,049 174


7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2



6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1


6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2


6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6


3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7



3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6


Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104


Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4


1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2


1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53



1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84



1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4


84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12



82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3


65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15


Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26



31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7



31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17



20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


3 1

10,668 1




2 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2


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