Coronavirus lockdown | After 'corona playlist', 'corona music' may be the latest trend
Several musicians are coming up with songs revolving around the coronavirus concerning the dangers of the novel virus, how divine intervention can help win the fight against it, and other motivational tracks
Millions of people across India are bound by the confines of the four walls of their homes right now due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease in India. With offices and educational institutes being shut, people are fighting boredom and listlessness by consuming more content online than usual.
To contain the spread of the deadly disease that has killed more than 65,000 people across the globe already, including 109 in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 24. It was imposed to ensure strict social distancing by restricting the movement of the citizens of the highly overpopulated nation.
This has given rise to several unforeseen social media trends such as international artistes holding live shows on Instagram for their fans, fitness enthusiasts and trainers connecting and engaging with their followers in a similar manner, and so on.
Another unlikely trend that has started due to the outbreak of the pandemic is “corona music”, and no, we are not talking about the multiple songs based on the apocalypse that have made it to the “coronavirus special playlists”.
Several musicians are coming up with songs revolving around the coronavirus concerning the dangers of the novel virus, how divine intervention can help win the fight against it and other motivational tracks.
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
How many types of vaccines are there?
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.