[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.

[OPINION] Opportunity Knocks: How We Can Turn the Tide of Covid-19 Transmission in Malaysia

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.

[OPINION] Refining Our Covid-19 SOPs for the Public – Dr Amar Singh

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.

[OPINION] Key Measures to Reduce the COVID-19 Raging Fire – Dr Amar Singh

Many individuals and groups have voiced suggestions to manage our raging COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. However, few appear to have been considered. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS summarised five key measures critically needed to take to help put out the COVID-19 raging fire in our nation.

[FEATURE ARTICLE] In Conversation with the 2020 Mahathir Science Award Recipient

This year, the Mahathir Science Award – the most prestigious science award for tropical sciences was presented to Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla of University College London, in recognition of his exceptional, globally acknowledged research in infectious diseases which is relevant to the development and enhancement of health policy.

[MEDIA RELEASE] All Levels of Society Must Comply with SOPs – AMM

The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) urged the government to enforce mandatory quarantine in designated quarantine centres for Sabah returnees. It has been proven in other countries, such as China and Singapore where compliance rates are high, that home quarantines are not as effective in curbing spread.

[MEDIA RELEASE] Impact of COVID-19 on Hepatitis Elimination

Viral hepatitis is a communicable disease that can cause serious liver damage and liver cancer. Deaths from viral hepatitis, the majority (96%) are due to hepatitis B and C, are rising worldwide compared to the downward trend for the other three most common causes of communicable diseases. However, hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and for Hepatitis C, curable with timely treatment.

[MEDIA RELEASE] WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19

These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect.