[EXPERT REACTION] COVID-19 found in semen of infected men

Chinese researchers who tested the sperm of men infected with COVID-19 found that a small group of them had the new coronavirus in their semen. In a study undertaken in Shangqiu Municipal Hospital, 6 (16%) of 38 men in hospital with Covid-19, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in semen. We asked experts to comment on this latest finding.

[EXPERT REACTION] COVID-19 Blood Plasma Transfusion Treatment

While scientists race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus, countries including Malaysia are resorting to convalescent blood plasma transfusion to treat patients severely ill with COVID-19. The treatment includes administering blood plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to patients critically ill with the novel respiratory illness. We asked experts to comment on the effectiveness of this method to treat newly-infected patients.

[EXPERT REACTION] Conditional MCO extended to June 9

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced the conditional movement control order (MCO) will be extended for another four weeks until June 9. While several festivities such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the Kaamatan Feast and Hari Gawai will fall during this period, mass movements across state borders or 'balik kampung' would not be allowed. We asked experts to comment on the fifth extension of the MCO.

[EXPERT REACTION] COVID-19 Infection Risk: Male vs Female

There are research suggesting male are more susceptible than females to contract COVID-19. The coronavirus mortality rate also recorded a higher toll on male. In China, the death rate for men was 2.8 percent, compared to 1.7 percent for women, according to the largest analysis of cases by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We asked experts to comment on the risks of COVID-19 infection and mortality rate based on sex.

[EXPERT REACTION] Conditional MCO to Take Effect on May 4

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced the conditional movement control order (MCO) to take effect starting May 4, 2020. This allows for almost all economic sectors, business activities to resume business, subject to conditions and standard operating procedure. It includes all food and beverage outlets that are allowed to open for dine-ins, provided they adhere to conditions set by the authorities. We ask experts to respond to this latest development.

[EXPERT REACTION] Do cloth face masks work against COVID-19?

With the shortage of N95 and surgical face masks, cloth coverings are probably the next best option. Health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) have been encouraging people to make cloth face masks at home to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. We asked experts if they actually work against COVID-19.

[EXPERT REACTION] Using TCM to treat COVID-19

While scientists are racing against time to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, other types of treatment are being tried out on the infected patients to battle against the coronavirus. This includes traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In China, medical doctors have said to combine TCM and Western medicine as part of COVID-19 treatment for its patients. We asked experts to comment about its effectiveness in treating COVID-19 patients.

[EXPERT REACTION] Should you make your own disinfectants at home?

Can you make your own disinfectant at home? Sure you can. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a guideline for making your own disinfectants, the question is, should you? We asked experts to comment about cleaning and disinfection for households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

[EXPERT REACTION] More recoveries than new COVID-19 infections

The spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia seems to slow down, with more than half of the total cases have recovered as compared to new infections. Worldwide, Malaysia is also reported to have one of the lowest fatality rate, which is 1.65% of the total number of cases. We asked experts to comment on Malaysia’s high recovery rate and low mortality rate.