The COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to how important a good healthcare system can lead to a speedy recovery towards the wellbeing of the nation. Undoubtedly, this pandemic has various facets when it comes to impact. Nevertheless, it is significant for us to venture into the realm of the virus and epidemiological measures in curbing the spread of the disease.
Mutakhir ini wujud penularan varian Delta yang kini dilaporkan telah merebak sehingga ke hampir di 100 negara, termasuk Malaysia. Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) turut memberi amaran bahawa dunia sedang dalam tempoh getir mendepani pandemik COVID-19 dengan penularan varian mutasi SARS-CoV-2 paling berbahaya di dunia ketika ini.
We must not be complacent about the threat of the 5th Wave in Malaysia, especially due to the Delta variant. Our pandemic is barely under any control despite 4 weeks of a lockdown. We need to support each other and see the nation through these next few difficult months.
Pengalaman pernah dijangkiti COVID-19 dan tidak mahu trauma berulang, selebriti tempatan, Tiz Zaqyah nekad memastikan keluarganya mendaftar untuk divaksinasi menerusi aplikasi MySejahtera. Pelakon “Covid Oh Covid” yang dijangkiti virus pada bulan Mei baru-baru ini berkongsi kegusaran yang dialaminya ketika mengharungi detik cemas itu.
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.
Malaysia should reconsider its spacing of the second dose of AZ vaccine and shorten it from 12 weeks to 8 weeks although the 12-week interval may give a stronger immune response. However, earlier protection against the more transmissible and more deadly Delta variant should be considered, especially for the elderly and those with comorbidities.
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.
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.
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.
The 3rd iteration of the Movement Control Order (MCO) has just been intensified. It is as such an opportune time for us to take cognizance of our control measures so far and in doing so realign our response measures to COVID-19. Dr Dhesi BR in his opinion piece presents six key priority areas within which said realignment must take place.