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.
Malaysia rolled out its National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme on Feb 24. While the clock is ticking to get more people inoculated to achieve 80% herd immunity in the Malaysian adult population, we asked experts to answer some of our burning question regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pengambilan vaksin bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu. Sejak dari lahir lagi, masyarakat sudah biasa dengan penerimaan vaksin untuk mengelak pelbagai jenis penyakit. Malah syarat pengambilan vaksin sebelum memasuki sesebuah negara telah lama diamalkan seperti vaksin demam kuning untuk negara Afrika, dan suntikan wajib vaksin meningococcal untuk ke tanah suci Makkah atau Madinah di negara Arab Saudi untuk tujuan umrah atau haji.
Walaupun keyakinan global terhadap vaksin COVID-19 semakin meningkat, keraguan dan keengganan menerima vaksin tetap menjadi masalah utama. Untuk menangani cabaran ini, Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia dan The Petri Dish secara rasminya melancarkan #YakiniVaksin, satu projek kempen kesedaran yang bertujuan untuk melawan mitos dan salah faham tentang vaksin COVID-19.
Can people with allergies take the Covid-19 vaccine? What constitutes a severe allergy? How common is anaphylaxis after a Covid-19 vaccine? In this opinion piece, Dr Amar Singh summarises the understanding of the general public about the risk of a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis based on available current data and evidence.
The key function of a vaccine is to offer protection to an individual by triggering the immune response against the infected disease. In the current COVID-19 vaccines, as of today, there are four categories of vaccines which have completed or in the final stage of the clinical trials. Factsheet and infographics to show the difference between COVID-19 vaccines by Dr Leow Chiuan Yee, YSN-ASM affiliate.
We need to be science based with our daily SOPs, rather than resort to harsh measures. Heftier fines, extended MCOs, increased public blaming are counterproductive and also harmful to the poor and those that have lost their livelihood. We have to walk this fine balance between harm from Covid-19 and destroying lives from tight SOPs.