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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 107-111

Social vaccine for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic!

Formerly Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. R Srinivasa Murthy
553, 16th Cross, J.P.Nagar 6th Phase, Bangalore-560078, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_223_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected humanity across the world. Mankind and scientists are working around the clock in desperation to finding effective solutions to control and eradicate the virus and develop measures to boost the immunity of the population through an effective vaccine; all of these are likely to take time. Nevertheless, one important aspect that has come to the forefront of the pandemic is the importance of social factors at all levels, and the responses, to the pandemic; which has been referred by many professionals to as “social vaccine.” This perspective discusses its effectiveness, underlying concepts, lessons learnt, and critiques the related issue of “social distancing.” We conclude with the assertion that “the fuller use of social resources and positive outcome of the pandemic could be an important contribution from India.”

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