Around 84 per cent of people feel the world will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in 6-12 months, a survey said. COVID-19 is leading the list of diseases people are extremely concerned about, followed by cancer and HIV/AIDS, according to the study by market research and analysis company Velocity MR.
The sample size of the study was 2,100 and the data was collected between March 19 and 20 through an online survey among the consumer panel of Markelytics (Velocity MR is the full-service arm of Markelytics).
About 84 per cent of the respondents were optimistic that the world will recover from COVID-19 in the next 6 months to 1 year.
The study also revealed that many could not make changes in their day-to-day activities even if they wanted to. Around 58 per cent respondents said they could not buy groceries and daily essentials during non-peak hours, 46 per cent said they could not avoid travelling for work-related purposes and 25 per cent said they were not given the provision to work from home by their organisations.
"What is heartening to see is that the majority is working towards combating this novel virus. Our survey shows that as a precautionary measure 81 per cent have started washing their hands more frequently than before, 78 per cent have started avoiding crowded places as and when possible.
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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.
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.
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.
"Another important highlight of the study is that this change in lifestyle is most likely to stay, as 72 per cent feel that they will be more cautious and responsible while travelling abroad in the future," Velocity MR Managing Director and CEO Jasal Shah said.
Most respondents felt that some changes in habits will prevail even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 71 per cent said habits like social greetings (handshakes, hugging, among others) will be avoided for some time even after the pandemic.