The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently urged people not to take Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. This warning came after it has received multiple reports of patients hospitalised after taking the medication. Science Media Centre Malaysia spoke to University Sains Malaysia's virologist and immunologist, Dr Leow Chiuan Yee to understand the potential risks of use for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
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.
Adakah vaksin akan mengubah DNA saya? Mengapa terdapat banyak jenis vaksin? Adakah vaksin itu halal? Pelbagai soalan dikemukakan orang awam dan dijawab oleh pakar-pakar dari Fakulti Perubatan Sains Kesihatan, USIM dalam webinar “Takut Dengan Vaksin COVID-19?” baru-baru ini.
The latest Sivagangga cluster from Kedah was suspected of being caused by a super spreader strain of the COVID-19 virus that originated from Egypt and Pakistan. Health authorities believed there is a high probability that the cluster is a super spreader because of its higher transmission rate compared to previous COVID-19 clusters. We spoke to Associate Prof. Dr Chan Yoke Fun, Virologist & Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya to learn more.
Science Media Centre Malaysia spoke to Atteleth Don, the winner of FameLab Malaysia National Final 2020 Championship recently on his win and what it takes to communicate science effectively. Don beat 11 other science communicators from across the country with his winning talk ‘Save our Homes by Saving our Mangroves.’
We celebrated World Microbiome Day 2020 over the weekend by hosting a webinar "Gut feeling is real science: Know your gut microbiome!" with our expert speakers from Malaysia and Singapore who provided insights on the connection of gut microbiome to our health and mental state. During the live session, we received many questions from viewers but did not have time to get to everyone. So as promised, here are answers to some of the questions we did not get a chance to answer.
While bats have been put forward as the original host of SARS-CoV-2 nonetheless, the transmission of the virus from bats to humans requires intermediate hosts as well. Several studies have linked pangolins with SARS-CoV-2 infection where coronaviruses found in pangolin are highly similar to the novel coronavirus, which suggests that the mammal is the most likely intermediate host.
While there is a considerable amount of general information out there about the spread of COVID-19, very little is targeted at people who may be immunosuppressed, including people living with HIV. We speak to Dr Tommy Tong, Immunologist and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biological Science, Sunway University to learn about the risks of infection and use of HIV antiretroviral drugs to treat COVID-19.
As of today, the COVID-19 outbreak has soared past 1.5 million cases across 213 countries, with over 92,000 deaths. What do we know so far from testing for the novel coronavirus to available treatments? We speak to Dr Vinod RMT Balasubramaniam, Microbiologist & Senior Lecturer at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia to learn more.