Priyanka Chopra hosts Instagram Live chat with WHO experts on coronavirus advice

Priyanka Chopra held a 45-minute Live Instagram session. (AFP)
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Updated 25 March 2020

Priyanka Chopra hosts Instagram Live chat with WHO experts on coronavirus advice

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram Live to host a question and answer session with World Health Organization experts on Tuesday, who replied to frequently asked questions about coronavirus.

During the 45-minute session, Chopra asked the experts, Dr. Tedros and Maria Van Kerkhove, if people can get COVID-19 again after they’ve recovered, to which Van Kerkhove replied: “We don’t have the full picture of this virus. We know that more than 100,000 people of the 400,000 cases have recovered. We are expecting that people who do get infected will develop an immune response.”

Van Kerkhove also addressed recent rumors about the virus being airborne, countering that “this virus is spread through droplets.” 

“Every single person has a role to play in this fight. Just by washing your hands with water or using an alcohol rub, you are protecting yourself and others,” the experts added.


Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

The singer's maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian. (Getty)
Updated 05 June 2020

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

DUBAI: Girl group Little Mix’s star Jade Thirlwall has opened up about bullying she experienced as a teenager due to her Arab roots.

Speaking on the BBC “No Country For Young Women” podcast, the 2011 “X-Factor” finalist, whose maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian, said that she felt “ashamed” of her background. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“When I went to secondary school, I was literally one of three people of color in the school,” the 27-year-old music sensation, whose father is British, said.

“I remember one time I got pinned down in the toilets and they put a bindi spot on my forehead; it was horrific.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I have constantly had this inner battle of not really knowing who I am, or where I fit in, or what community I fit into,” she said.

The singer recalled that she would put white powder on her face “to whiten” herself when performing on stage at her school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After joining Little Mix, she “subconsciously” did not want to talk about her heritage for fear of being disliked.

“I think because I was bullied quite badly in school because of the color of my skin and for being Arab, I wasn’t very proud of who I was,” Thirlwall explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I would hate to talk about my race and heritage and not say the right things,” she added.