The Knack are here to help you stay safe with a catchy new pandemic anthem, “Bye, Corona”.
Reimagining their 1979 hit “My Sharona”, lead guitarist Berton Averre posted a video to YouTube on Wednesday addressing the numerous calls for the band to do a parody for the coronavirus.
“Some people have asked whether we were going to get around to doing our own ‘Sharona’ corona parody song, because apparently, there aren’t enough of them,” he says introducing the video.
“Sadly, our lead singer is no longer with us and trust me, you don’t want to hear me croak it out,” he says of Doug Fieger, who died in 2010 from cancer.
In the video, Averre gives closeup instructions on how to play the tune, launching into the song’s guitar solo before being joined by bassist Prescott Niles via video to sing the “Bye, Corona” chorus.
The video also features tips to “get the knack of staying safe,” including proper hygiene and social distancing, and how to combat boredom.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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