COVID-19: Where science meets the headlines

Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia is an independent information resource centre aimed at promoting accurate and evidence-based reporting especially on complex or controversial science issues in the media.

As COVID-19 takes centre stage, we help you to better understand the pandemic by bringing you the latest research and expert reactions on the novel coronavirus.

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[EXPERT REACTION] What is the difference between VOI & VOC?

Recently, Malaysia has been recording an increased number of COVID-19 cases categorised by either the Variant of Concern (VOC) or Variant of Interest (VOI). VOCs or VOIs are mutant forms of the COVID virus (SARS-CoV-2), which are more virulent and infectious than its predecessor Wuhan strain. Dr Liyana explains the difference between VOI and VOCs in Malaysia.

[EXPERT REACTION] Brought in Dead (BID) COVID-19

It was reported that there were 293 or about 10% of the 2,796 Covid-19 deaths recorded as of May 31 were brought-in-dead (BID) cases. This figure has raised some concerns as there are cases where Covid-19 patients do not have symptoms and can deteriorate rapidly. There are also possibilities that many BID patients did not realise they were positive for Covid-19 until it was too late. We asked experts to explain this scenario.

[MEDIA RELEASE] Misleading Information about COVID-19 Vaccinated Individuals and Anaesthesia

The Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists and the College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia strongly refute the misleading message circulating on the social platform on the causation and/or adverse reactions of anaesthesia against COVID-19 vaccinated individuals. To date, there is no scientific evidence to validate the unfounded misinformation.

[OPINION] Should We Vaccinate Our Children Against Covid-19 in Malaysia?

While children rarely have severe illness, we see the devastation Covid-19 has on adults, especially those who are elderly or have chronic illnesses. We also recognise that children can and do spread Covid-19 to adults. Although no one is certain of the percentage of the population required to be vaccinated before we obtain herd immunity, we do know that this will be difficult without vaccinating children.

[OPINION] Let’s do what we can to preserve our environment

Rain falling in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur was met with some relief over the past few days as we are currently experiencing hot weather in the country. The hot weather is not a new phenomenon as barely a few months ago, many parts of Malaysia experienced extremely hot weather and a total of 10 areas recorded a yellow-level heatwave.

[MEDIA RELEASE] PANAS! Malaysia’s first digital media toolkit for climate change reporting launched

In conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5, 2021, Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia announces the launch of PANAS!, Malaysia’s first digital toolkit targeted towards Malaysian journalists, writers and content makers with an interest in reporting on environmental and climate change topics, in collaboration with the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur and EcoKnights. 

[PANAS!] How a warming earth affects Malaysia (video)

Rekha Sevaloga Nathan in her video story investigates public opinion, perception and understanding regarding climate change in Malaysia. It explains the steps that the Malaysian government has taken in tackling climate change and what can we do as individuals.

Testimonials

The need and importance of effective science communication is clearly highlighted in this COVID-19 pandemic. Communicating science between scientists and the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders is an essential element of outbreak management plan. The public and policy makers must be able to understand the basics of science before they can make informed decisions. But scientists need a platform to share their knowledge, research data and information to the public and policy makers. And the Science Media Centre Malaysia provides a great platform for scientists to reach out.

Photo of Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

In a fast-paced newsroom, journalists are always busy and rushing to meet deadlines. With the COVID-19 coverage, we are constantly seeking out information and expert insights to accurately explain about the global pandemic particularly on the aspects of infection and treatment. COVID-19 requires a greater understanding of science and the Science Media Centre Malaysia is a good place for journalists to source for experts’ quotes and we also get story ideas by reading about the latest scientific research.

Photo of Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail

Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail