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CSIRO‘s Study: SARS-CoV-2 Can Survive For 28 Days On Smooth Surfaces.

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Amidst of COVID-19, predicting and mitigating its spread has become the most important task of many medical professionals in order to protect people. The study of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has contributed greatly to this effort because this study shows us how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can survive on different types of surfaces.   The study is based on the agency's previous COVID-19 work such as vaccine testing and wastewater testing. It was conducted completely in the dark in order to remove the influence of ultraviolet (UV) light on the virus. The research found that SARS-CoV-2 survived longer at lower temperatures. At 20 degrees Celsius, it can live up to 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass (such as those found on mobile phone screens), stainless steel, and paper banknotes.Meanwhile, at 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, the survival time of the virus decrease as the temperature rose.   The same experiment for Influenza A has discovered that it sustained on surfaces for 17 days, which highlights just how resilient SARS-CoV-2 is. Hence, the public is encouraged to reinforce good practices such as proper handwashing and cleaning surfaces. Source: Bernama
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6 Local Designer Face Mask | Get Protected and Patriotic

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Ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 virus, face mask has become an essential item for every individual, to stay safe and protected from the virus. It may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but we all starting to get used it. And as we starting to get familiar with face mask, many starts to seek for options and many big brands has started to launch out different designs of face mask, like Uniqlo, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Under Amour, etc. 6 of Malaysians talented designers has also come up with face masks that represent their aesthetic, and at the same time, spread patriotism!01 // Melinda Looi If you are a fan of local designers, then you must have heard this name before. Melinda has made and designed ranges of face mask since the beginning of the pandemic. She uses different kind of fabrics like batik, prints, and embroidery. She even printed state flags on the face mask and the national flag mask!>>Buy Melinda Looi Designer Face Mask HereBuy Maarimaia Designer Face Mask HereBuy Khoon Hooi Designer Face Mask HereDM Here to buy Celest Thoi Designer Face MaskDM Here to buy by Meichi Designer Face MaskVisit Carven Ong's boutique to buy
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Life Is Full Of Happiness | German Artist Made Interesting Graphics With Masks

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The epidemic has lasted for more than half a year. Wearing masks has become an indispensable part of our lives. A German artist added funny cartoons to the mask, hoping to alleviate people's anxiety.Using computer graphics, Steffen Kraft created pictures with disposable masks, such as painting the mask as a coffee cup, making the ear strap as a spaghetti shared by a couple, and even more.Many netizens liked his paintings and thought they could reflect the life of the epidemic. They left a message: "The series of novel coronavirus pneumonia works are very creative." "Interesting and meaningful."
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Oxford Found DESAMETHASONE Can Help Cure Covid-19 | First Life-saving Drug

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The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone becomes the first life-saving drug to fight against the deadly virus.The RECOVERY trial was launched in April as a randomized clinical trial to test a range of potential treatments for Covid-19.   Photo source: BBCAccording to CNBC, the results of trials announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, which is used to reduce inflammation in other diseases, reduced death rates by around a third among the most severely ill Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital.“This is a result that shows that if patients who have Covid-19 and are on ventilators or are on oxygen are given dexamethasone, it will save lives, and it will do so at a remarkably low cost,” said Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor co-leading the trial, known as the RECOVERY trial.“It’s going to be very hard for any drug really to replace this, given that for less than 50 pounds ($63.26), you can treat eight patients and save a life,” he told reporters in an online briefing.His co-lead investigator, Peter Horby, said dexamethasone was “the only drug that’s so far shown to reduce mortality - and it reduces it significantly.”“It is a major breakthrough,” he said. “Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.”In the vaccine trial which led by a team from Oxford University, around 2,100 patients were randomly assigned to get the steroid, with those of around 4,300 patients who did not get it. The results showed that the drug can cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and for those on oxygen, it cuts deaths by a fifth.“The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become standard of care in these patients,” Horby said.The Covid-19 vaccine might receive emergency approval by early 2021.Cover photo: Sinchew | BBC
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Bill Gates Warned Us About The Epidemic 5 Years Ago | Have We Learned How To Manage An Outbreak?

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Bill Gates, the founder of the Microsoft Company and a philanthropist has stated that "we're not ready for the next epidemic" in his TED Talk 5 years ago. He has used his speech to show us how bad an epidemic like the COVID-19 crisis would cause and why is it so prominent to have a defensive system to fight against an epidemic.  Photo source: TED BlogHe compared the money and time we have invested in nuclear deterrents and an emergency system to fight off a contagious disease. An infectious disease would kill millions of lives rather than a war nowadays.Due to the fact that the talk was held in 2015, the year where the Ebola outbreak started, he has visualized that the next epidemic could be more devastating than the Ebola virus outbreak.   Source: SuliverTake the Ebola virus as an example, why would it cause 10,000 deaths only? The reason is that we did not have a methodical system to fight against the disease. There were no medical teams or epidemiologists ready to go at any time and the cases or reports are quite inaccurate at the time. He has stated this as a "global failure". Another reason is that the pathogen is more feasible to be detected and it is not unbridled in the urban areas so it would not affect a much larger population.  Source: BloombergHe suggested that the world needs more preparedness and much more advanced technologies should be implemented in the system.Although the Ebola virus is much more deadly than the coronavirus today, the Ebola virus has only infected around 20,000 people whereas this COVID-19 virus has infected 7.82 million people and the number might still be surging. It has been six months since the first infection occurred and there is no vaccine yet.So, have we actually learned how to control a virus outbreak?Source: TED TalksCover Photo: Devex || The Edge Markets
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Economic Impact OF COVID-19 | Grab Layoffs 360 People

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COVID-19 has severely hit companies, including Uber, Lyft, Ola and Grab have announced layoffs and measures to save.Grab announced the reduction of hundreds of employees due to COVID-19.Grab is the Singapore-based startup has business in 8 countries and a valuation of US$14 billion (approximately RM59.8 billion), making it the most valuable startup in Southeast Asia.The company's major shareholders include Japan's SoftBank and so on.Grab CEO Anthony Tan that the company has announced a layoff plan involving 360 employees, estimating for about 5% of the employees.   Photo Source: Sinchew Daily Anthony Tan emphasized that the company will cancel non-core projects, merge teams, and focus on execution efficiency although it is not facing capital problems.Source: Sinchew Daily Cover Photo: Sinchew Daily | The Strait Times
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KFC Open For Dine-In | Follow SOP To Maintain Social Distancing

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KFC fast-food restaurants will reopen nationwide and allow customers to dine in, provided the standard operating procedures (SOP) such as social distancing are followed. Now, the customers who like KFC can enjoy the aroma of freshly baked fried chicken in a pleasant dining atmosphere. Consumers can also use the contactless delivery service so that they can directly get their favourite KFC dish at home. On the other hand, the customers can also perform contactless self-collect and they can take the food directly back to the home or enjoy the food in the restaurant.Source: Sinchew DailyCover Photo: YouTube Channel of KFCMalaysia
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Superheroes Switch To Work As Teachers?

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Schools around the world have been closed after being affected by COVID-19. In order to attract students to take online classes, a Bolivian visual arts teacher, Manolo Villarroel, dressed as different superheroes such as Captain America, Spider-Man and others grab the attention of his students. Besides, it is also a method for him to realize his childhood dreams.   Photo Source:  HT MediaVillarroel said that students should concentrate on the class, and the most important thing is that teachers should also change to enter their world. Therefore, Villarroel spent a lot of time to make superheroes' clothing and dress up as Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man and other superheroes. His students always sit on time every day and look forward to the class to see which superhero the teacher turns into.   Photo Source: HT MediaHe will warm up before teaching, and then play the theme music of related superheroes to create a learning atmosphere.Villaroel said with a smile that his class is very popular, and the siblings of his students will also compete for laptop computers, looking forward to seeing which superhero he turned into that day.However, he also said that and online teaching is not popular enough because the local Internet is expensive, and not all students can learn online.Source: HT MediaCover Photo:  HT Media
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Diners Failed To Follow SOPs | Famous Johor's Bak Kut Teh Restaurant Temporarily Closed By The Johor State Health Bureau

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The director of the Johor Health Bureau confirmed that a well-known meat Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Kota Tinggi was instructed to suspend its business on June 14 because the crowd of the diners failed to observe the social distance and violated the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the recovery movement control order (RMCO). "The restaurant in question did not ensure that customers respected social distance, violating section 18(1)(f) of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act 1988," he said.  Photo Source: Sinchew DailyHe stated that the restaurant could resume business as long as it submits an application for re-inspection to the authorities, and the law enforcement officers were satisfied with the standard operating procedures adopted by the restaurant.Source: Sinchew DailyCover Photo: Sinchew Daily | U.S. News
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MOH: COVID-19 Cases Among Migrant Exceeds 2,400

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According to the Ministry of Health, out of the 50,000 migrants that the MOH had screened. 2,470 tested positive, 47,000 tested negative, and the other cases are the pending cases.The overcrowded groups are also recognised as the cause of infection among migrants as they are living under unsanitary conditions. The number of infected migrants grew drastically after the authorities began arresting migrants residing in areas under total lockdown.   Photo Source: Malay Mail The assaults sparked public uproar and reignited the debate about whether or not Malaysia should set laws to guard migrants and acknowledge those refugees.Source: Malay Mail Cover Photo: Malay Mail | Astro Awani
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