Author: Bella

SINARPLUS percaya ramai dalam kalangan kita mampu menarik sedikit nafas lega setelah Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin mengumuman Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2.0 dengan peruntukan hampir RM7 bilion.

Untuk makluman, tiada golongan yang dibelakangkan oleh pihak kerajaan untuk menerima bantuan tersebut termasuklah golongan bujang.

Mereka juga akan mendapat bantuan sebanyak RM500 kepada 3.8 juta kumpulan B40 bujang yang disasarkan pihak kerajaan.

Selain itu, RM300 kepada 1.7 juta kumpulan M40 bujang.

Menariknya pula, bantuan kali ini tidak memerlukan permohonan kerana kerajaan akan menyalurkan bantuan secara terus kepada penerima yang telah diluluskan di bawah BPN sebelum ini.

Namun, bagi yang tidak berjaya pada bantuan sebelum ini, kerajaan turut memberi peluang untuk rayuan dan permohonan baharu.

Sementara itu, pasangan berkeluarga turut dapat menikmati bantuan ini.

Mereka akan diberikan sebanyak RM1,000 kepada 3.7 juta isi rumah B40 dan RM600 kepada hampir 1.4 juta isi rumah M40.

Bayaran BPN 2.0 ini akan dibuat dalam dua ansuran, pertamanya pada hujung bulan Oktober 2020 dan keduanya pada bulan Januari 2021.

Jadi, bersyukurlah kita kerana akan mendapat bantuan untuk kedua kalinya ini.

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MELENTUR buluh biarlah daripada rebungnya. Itulah peribahasa yang boleh dikaitkan dengan situasi yang bakal dikongsikan ini.

Ujar Dr Kamarul Ariffin Nor Sadan melalui entri Facebooknya berkata, sebelum saya mula, saya hendak memohon maaf dahulu kepada pihak yang ingin saya tegur iaitu ibu bapa pelajar dan pihak sekolah.

“Tiada niat selain mahukan yang terbaik untuk pada pelajar,” tulisnya.

Tulisnya di Facebook: beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, saya lihat pihak sekolah semakin tegas dalam memastikan para pelajar hadir ke sekolah.

“Itu perkara yang saya harus puji. Kita perlukan ketegasan untuk mendidik,”.

Pada masa sama, dikhabarkan oleh kebanyakan ibu bapa pelajar, bahawa pihak sekolah akan memohon penjelasan daripada ibu bapa pelajar sekiranya anak mereka tidak hadir ke sekolah.

“Seandainya sakit, perlu beri bukti cuti sakit daripada doktor. Jika ada urusan keluarga seperti kematian, kelahiran atau keuzuran ahli keluarga, ibu bapa perlu kemukakan surat rasmi sebagai dokumentasi.

“Saya sebagai doktor, ada perkara saya perlu beritahu. Jujur saya katakan, ramai ibu bapa bawa anak datang ke klinik dan paksa doktor beri cuti sakit pada anak, sedangkan anak mereka tidak sakit.

“Pelajar itu tidak hadir ke sekolah kerana ikut keluarga bercuti, ada kerana tidak sempat pulang dari kampung kerana jalan raya sesak, ada kerana kenderaan rosak dan ada juga kerana kerja sekolah tak siap,” tulisnya panjang lebar.

Dr Kamarul Ariffin turut bercerita: saya enggan beri cuti sakit, tetapi ibu bapa seboleh-bolehnya merayu, memujuk, memaksa, malah ada sampai mengugut saya demi untuk dapatkan juga cuti sakit anaknya tak sakit itu.

Lebih sukar bagi saya jika ibu bapa itu meminta sijil cuti sakit untuk anaknya, dengan tarikh yang lebih awal daripada hari mereka ke klinik. Kadang-kadang tarikh dua hari awal.

Parah!

Kenapa saya sibuk nak ketengahkan perkara ini?

Sebenarnya begini.

“Perilaku ibu bapa tadi dilihat oleh si anak. Mereka melihat ibu bapa memaksa doktor untuk diberikan sijil cuti sakit, tawar duit untuk sijil cuti sakit dan cuba tipu tarikh pemberian sijil cuti sakit.

Bila pelajar ini dewasa nanti, pastinya sebahagian besar mereka akan rasa amalan tersebut adalah amalan biasa.

Sebahagian besar mereka akan praktikkan juga amalan itu abila mereka sudah bekerja kelak.

Katakan, saya menolak permintaan ibu bapa tadi, mereka akan mengujahkan pihak sekolah yang minta sijil cuti sakit (MC) dan kalau tidak dapat kemukakan MC itu, markah terkumpul (carry over) pelajar akan ditolak atau pelajar akan didenda.

Terus terang, saya tidak pasti sama ada dakwaan ibu bapa itu benar atau tidak tetapi ramai ibu bapa yang mengatakan perkara yang sama.

“Ramai dakwa, tak semestinya ia benar,”.

Sungguhpun begitu, jika ia benar, saya rasa ia ketegasan yang agak berlebihan.

Jika keuzuran ringan dan pelajar tidak hadir satu hari, pada pendapat saya, cukuplah surat makluman daripada ibu bapa.

Ketegasan berlebihan begini, pada hemat saya tidak mendatangkan hasil yang baik. Jika pelajar tidak hadir ke sekolah atas apa-apa sebab, mereka akan minta ibu bapa dapatkan cuti sakit.

Akhirnya, ponteng kelas membawa kepada, sikap manipulatif, pemalsuan keuzuran dan sijil cuti sakit, dan inokulasi perilaku-perilaku negatif lain seperti telah dinyatakan awal tadi.

Kita semua pihak, termasuk saya, ibu bapa, dan pihak sekolah perlu sama-sama perlu faham bahawa pelajar tidak ke sekolah bukan hanya atas faktor kesihatan semata-mata.

Jika tidak hadir ke sekolah bukan atas faktor kesihatan, ibu bapa tak perlu kemukakan sijil cuti sakit.

Tulis sahaja surat penjelasan kepada sekolah. Begitu juga cuti yang dirancang, hantar permohonan cuti awal-awal.

Saya percaya, jika alasan dan tempoh cuti dalam permohonan itu munasabah, maka pihak sekolah tidak akan mengambil apa-apa tindakan disiplin terhadap pelajar berkenaan.

Di alam pekerjaan nanti, ini juga prosedurnya. Pupuklah amalan berkenaan dari bangku persekolahan lagi.

Cadangan saya, lagi elok jika surat mohon cuti itu ditulis oleh pelajar dan disahkan oleh ibu bapa.

Jika memang pelajar tidak hadir ke sekolah tanpa sebab yang kukuh maka ibu bapa tidak perlu cuba melindungi kesalahan itu. Ajarlah mereka bertanggungjawab atas perbuatan mereka sendiri.

“Sebelum tamatkan omelan ini, saya mohon maaf sekali lagi daripada pihak-pihak yang terlibat andainya ada hal yang ditulis ini tidak tepat. Saya terbuka untuk diperbetulkan,” tulisnya di akhir entri Facebook berkenaan.

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BARU-BARU ini kita digemparkan dengan berita seorang lelaki meninggal dunia ketika mendaki Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang.

Mangsa yang berumur 50 tahun itu ditemui dalam keadaan tidak sedarkan diri di laluan lereng bukit sebelum disahkan meninggal dunia.

Sebenarnya, kes itu bukanlah yang pertama dilaporkan. Tragedi yang serupa pernah berlaku membabitkan pendaki-pendaki baharu mahupun yang bertaraf senior.

Pada tahun 23 Ogos 2019, seorang lelaki yang berusia 54 tahun yang berasal dari Kampung Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu mengejutkan ramai orang apabila mengalami sesak nafas ketika mendaki Bukit Besar di Terengganu.

Keadaan itu menyebabkan beliau meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian.

Sebelum itu, pada 27 Januari 2019, seorang lelaki berumur 48 tahun menemui ajal juga disebabkan sesak nafas ketika mendaki Bukit Kledang di Ipoh, Perak.

Tragedi yang sama turut mengorbankan lelaki berusia 43 tahun yang meninggal dunia dipercayai akibat serangan jantung ketika mendaki Gunung Basor, Kuala Balah, Jeli, Kelantan.

Itu antara sebahagian kes mangsa mati mengejut yang dilaporkan menerusi media di negara ini. Apa yang membimbangkan, kebanyakan mereka masih muda dan berusia lingkungan bawah 50 tahun.

Apabila kemelut yang sama berlaku berulang kali, maka, ia perlu diambil serius dan jangan sesekali memandang remeh akan hal itu.

Mengulas lanjut mengenai isu terbabit, Pegawai Perubatan di Jabatan Kecemasan dan Trauma Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Dr Ahmad Samhan Awang berkata, apabila seseorang berada di tempat tinggi, komposisi tekanan udara menjadi semakin rendah apabila kedudukan dari atas laut semakin meningkat.

“Keadaan itu akan menyebabkan jumlah oksigen mengalami penurunan sehingga menyebabkan kesempitan pada dada dan berlakunya keadaan sesak nafas (dyspnea) apabila berada di tempat tinggi,” katanya ketika dihubungi SinarPlus baru-baru ini.

Ujar Dr Ahmad Samhan, punca utama mati mengejut dalam kalangan masyarakat pertengahan umur dan warga emas yang bersukan adalah disebabkan oleh serangan jantung akibat daripada penyumbatan salur darah koronari jantung.

“Kita memaksa badan untuk bekerja keras dengan mendaki bukit dan ia sekali gus boleh mengakibatkan tekanan darah kita meningkat naik termasuk boleh menyebabkan masalah darah tinggi dan jantung.

“Ada sesetengah daripada kita akan mengikut kawan. Apabila kawan ajak untuk mendaki bukit, kita pun turut sama ikut tetapi kita tidak periksa kesihatan dan tidak tahu tahap keupayaan diri,” katanya lagi.

Kepada yang mahu mula mendaki, berikut saranan Dr Samhan yang perlu anda ikuti:

i) Mulakan dengan kadar sasaran jantung yang rendah (60 peratus).

ii) Apabila kecergasan meningkat, anda boleh melakukan aktiviti fizikal yang lebih berat untuk mencapai kadar sasaran jantung sehingga ke paras yang tinggi iaitu 85 peratus.

iii) Sebagai contoh, jika umur anda 45 tahun, kadar sasaran jantung anda ialah 105 hingga 149 degupan per minit.

v) Setiap lelaki berusia lebih 40 tahun dan wanita yang berusia lebih 45 tahun wajib melakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan.

iv) Wanita yang menopaus terdedah kepada risiko sakit jantung disebabkan hormon estrogen dan progesterone yang melindungi mereka sebelum ini sudah ‘berakhir’.

vi) Lelaki pada peringkat umur 40 tahun turut berisiko sakit jantung terutamanya mereka yang ada darah tinggi, kencing manis, kolesterol lemak yang tinggi dalam badan, mereka yang merokok dan faktor genetik.

Berikut antara langkah pencegahan yang boleh dilakukan untuk orang ramai menghindarkan diri daripada masalah kesihatan:

1. Lakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan secara berkala.

2. Pastikan mendapat rehat yang mencukupi sebelum melakukan aktiviti fizikal.

3. Minum air supaya badan sentiasa dalam keadan hidrasi.

4. Jika mempunyai sejarah kesihatan, tidak digalakkan untuk mendakit bukit.

5. Mendaki secara berteman atau berkumpulan supaya mudah mendapatkan bantuan ketika kecemasan.

6. Oleh itu, sebelum melakukan sebarang aktiviti fizikal yang ekstrem, periksa dahulu kesihatan diri dan jangan lupa semak tahap keupayaan diri masing-masing.

-sinarplus

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed what the science has been telling us all along about the effectiveness of face masks — that they’re currently our best bet at getting a handle on the coronavirus pandemic.

They make such a difference, in fact, that some experts suspect they’ll be just as reliable ― if not more ― as a vaccine when it comes to blunting the spread of COVID-19.

“These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have, and I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings,” Redfield said during a recent Senate hearing.

Redfield went onto to say that masks may offer more of a guarantee than a vaccine. President Donald Trump later shut down the comments, but the medical community stood behind Redfield.

Because the vaccines are still in clinical trials, it’s currently unclear how effective they’ll be. It’s thought they may trigger an immune response in about 70% of people, rendering some vaccinated people unprotected. Other vaccinated people may not get sick but carry the infection and contribute to community spread, and who knows when we’ll have enough doses for everyone.

The end goal here is herd immunity, and to achieve that we’ll need enough of the population to be immune to COVID-19, either through a highly effective vaccine or by beating the infection itself.

Long story short: There are way too many unknowns to start taking our masks off soon. Until we have more data, health experts say masks are a must for a while. Here’s why we’re still going to need to wear masks well into 2021:

We won’t have enough doses of the vaccine at first.

The main reason masks aren’t going away anytime soon is because there’s going to be a super limited supply of vaccines when it first becomes available.

Those initial doses are likely going to go right to the people who need protection most: at-risk health care workers, the elderly, people with serious underlying health conditions and first responders. The rest of the population in the United States will have to wait, mask on, until there’s enough to go around.

On top of that, the vaccine will probably be administered in two doses about 21 to 28 days apart. According to Kawsar Talaat, an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, that means it’ll take people about six to eight weeks to fully develop an immune response. People could still theoretically get sick after just the first dose, so mask-wearing will be crucial in between shots.

Similar to the flu shot, the COVID-19 vaccine won’t completely shield you from the disease.

Though it’s still unclear how effective the vaccine will be, experts suspect it’ll invoke an immune response in about 70% of the population. The efficacy could be as low as 50%. (For context, these figures are similar to the flu shot.) Of course, there’s also a chance the protection percentage may be higher.

Basically, some people’s bodies just won’t respond to the vaccine and they mind wind up getting sick anyway; others may be totally fine.

But keep in mind that there are a ton of vaccines being tested right now. While the first one may not be foolproof, some of the others approved in 2021 may be better. So far, it appears that mutation of the corona virus into different strains isn’t a major concern, which is potentially good news for a vaccine.

“I really hope we can get a vaccine that’s better than 70%. If it’s not the first-generation vaccine, at least maybe the second generation vaccine,” Talaat said.

This doesn’t mean that the vaccine is useless. The goal of the vaccine actually isn’t to prevent an infection entirely, but to reduce the severity of disease. We want more people to get less sick from COVID-19. This is also what the flu shot does every year.

It’s a bit out of reach to expect the vaccine to prevent infection entirely, according to Talaat. This means that even vaccinated people could contribute to community spread if they stop wearing a mask.

“So, theoretically, somebody could have the virus in their nose and potentially spread it to somebody who’s more vulnerable without ever knowing,” Talaat said.

On top of that, we don’t know how long the vaccine’s protection, or durability, will last quite yet.

“Masks will be important until we know some of this information,” Talaat added.

People are feeling iffy about the vaccine.

Then there’s the whole issue of people feeling skeptical about the vaccine.

Inconsistent messaging during the pandemic has eroded people’s trust in our public heath system. One poll found that two-thirds of the population probably wouldn’t get vaccinated even if they could. It’s going to take a lot of education and reassurance to get people on board.

“I think it will take time for people to accept this vaccine. They will need to observe that there aren’t a whole lot of bad adverse effects from the people who get the vaccine before they’re willing to trust it,” Talaat said.

According to Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine with University of California San Francisco, we may not need the entire population to get vaccinated.

“It’ll naturally slow down once enough people get the vaccine,” Gandhi said. Even if just 60 to 70% of people were protected, it would help us greatly reduce community transmission.

Masks could help close the gap. “Models show that 70, or even better, 80% of the population wearing masks could reduce transmission and symptomatic disease … down to almost zero,” Gandhi said.

In other words, we should embrace masks for a while.

We know masks work.

Lots of data has come out in recent weeks pointing to their effectiveness. One experiment found that the spread of hundreds of respiratory droplets can be blunted by mask-wearing. Another report found that areas with mask mandates had slower COVID-19 growth rates compared to places with no mask requirements.

There are also two documented real-world scenarios showing us that masks really do keep us safe. On an international flight, none of the 25 people sitting near a masked man infected with COVID-19 got sick. In Missouri, two hairstylists were diagnosed with COVID-19 but ultimately did not pass it onto to any of their clients because everyone wore masks.

In other words, it’d be wise to hang on to our masks. It’s going to take all kinds of efforts to bring community transmission down — masks, social distancing and an effective vaccine.

So, how much longer of mask-wearing are we looking at? Gandhi suspects we’ve got at least another year of it. “I would say that all of our population has to mask until we get community transmission down to an acceptable, extremely low level,” Gandhi said.

A vaccine will come and it will help, but masks are also our best bet for a while.Experts are still learning about COVID-19. The information in this story is what was known or available as of publication, but guidance can change as scientists discover more about the virus. Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most updated recommendations.

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Before the circuit-breaker and social distancing measures were enforced, no one knew what a work-cation was. Well, at least I didn’t know what that was until I saw the hotel and apartment advertisements.

“Have a change of working environment while staying safe” were the words on said advertisements. That sounded interesting enough, but I didn’t want to overspend on a hotel room so I decided to try getting some work done in a serviced apartment instead in Chinatown instead.

Truth to be told, I was doubting the whole idea of it. After all, who goes on a “vacation” to do work? Why am I spending more money to do work?

But in the name of research, I ended up booking a one bedroom apartment in Chinatown off Booking.com and stayed there for a night. 

There weren’t any options for a shorter duration of stay for this apartment, but there are hotels that offer hourly packages if you really want to work outside of your home during the day.

The bad: Don’t mistake it for a vacation

For starters, going into a fresh, clean room with a rather comfortable bed did not help in motivating me to work. I had to put my bags on the bed to keep myself working at the tiny desk in the room.

The bad: It ended up to be more boring than I had expected

There’s absolutely nothing to do in the room. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame the apartment owners. The room was clearly meant for travellers to sleep in and lounge in, so it didn’t have a very conducive atmosphere for me to write my stories.

I also have the habit of going to my kitchen whenever I’m bored, but all I had there was a tiny mini bar with some drinks.

The good: Access to facilities

I took a lunch swim and it definitely made me feel a lot more awake. I stay in a HDB flat so having a pool right outside my workspace is definitely something new.

The good: Peace, if you have a noisy home

It’s usually rather quiet at home for me and I don’t typically have a problem with concentrating on my work, but I would think booking an apartment for a couple of days to work on an important assignment would be ideal for those who live with many family members.

The good: A great zoom background for important meetings

I’m not joking, I had to interview someone for a story and she commented that my “room” was really neat. I won’t say how my actual room fares in comparison to the apartment.

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His victim lay motionless, but that did not stop one 45-year-old man from kicking, punching and stomping on him in full view of shocked bystanders.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested for voluntarily causing grievous hurt and suspected drug-related offences after his violent rampage at Block 182A Rivervale Crescent on Tuesday (Sept 22) afternoon, police said.

The 47-year-old on the receiving end of the man’s blows was conscious when conveyed to Sengkang General Hospital, they added.

The perpetrator had apparently recommended the victim for a cleaning job. However, their relationship soured due to the latter’s lacklustre work and led to the altercation, Shin Min Daily News reported.

The two men argued before exchanging blows, an eyewitness told the Chinese daily.

In the course of the fight, the victim fell to the ground, but the other man did not let up on him, he said.

Bila pergi kedai nampak si pemabok ajak one to one.. terus flat kena hentam..next time jangan cari pasal uncle..call police..huhu😂🤭#jangancaripasal#donotdisturb

Posted by Liana Wari on Selasa, 22 September 2020

He then left the scene but was reportedly later arrested at his Ang Mo Kio home.

“My leg hurts and I use a walking stick. I also have heart problems, so I didn’t dare to go over to offer help,” the eyewitness explained, adding that another passerby rendered assistance by supporting the injured man and moving him to the side.

The victim was reportedly bleeding from his left ear, nose and mouth. He also appeared to have suffered fractures to his face and abrasions on his head and cheek.

-asiaone

Eighth cluster detected in Sabah – Health DG

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The Health Ministry (MOH) has reported another new Covid-19 cluster in Sabah, the eighth in the state, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said.

The new cluster, named the Udin cluster was detected in Tawau, with its index case (case 9894) involving a 72-year-old local woman, this after she underwent screening at the Merotai Health Clinic in Tawau on Sept 12.

Following this, close contact tracing was done and two more positive cases were detected yesterday, both involving Filipinos who were asymptomatic and who are now being treated at the Tawau hospital.

“To date, 128 people have been screened, with three testing positive, 71 negative while 54 more are awaiting results. The source of infection is being investigated,” he said in a statement.

On active clusters, he said four more clusters in Sabah recorded an increase in new cases, namely the Benteng LD, Bangau-Bangau, Laut and Pulau clusters while in Kedah, the Sungai cluster also saw an increase in new cases.

The Benteng LD cluster reported another 105 cases, taking its total to 729 cases so far; while eight new cases were recorded for Bangau Bangau (total 13 cases) and Laut (total 12 cases), two for Pulau (total 37 cases) and four more for Sungai (total 87 cases).

Following the surge in Covid-19 cases in Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will strengthen preparedness efforts through 23 hospital laboratories and 22 MOH health clinic laboratories that carry out Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) testing.

It will also increase real-time Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) laboratory capacity in the state to 2,500 tests a day.

“If the number (Covid-19 testing) surpasses 2,500 a day, the surplus samples will be sent to the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) via Royal Malaysian Air Force flights and courier services.

He said the MOH was now working on developing a molecular laboratory at the Tawau Hospital, in addition to waiting for the delivery of GeneXpert Covid-19 cassettes from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use at the Tawau, Sandakan Hospital and Lahad Datu hospitals.

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When it comes to law enforcement, especially in the cases of drugs trafficking, weapons distribution and syndication, as well as other general security purposes, police forces around the world rely on more than just manpower.

They rely on specially-trained sniffer dogs, otherwise known as canine (K9) officers.

And with bonds fostered through countless hours of training and field work, these human cops and their K9 partners become more than just colleagues. They become life-long friends; family.

But of course, as with all mortal beings, life eventually comes to an end.

For Malaysian police officer Patrick Sandai, saying goodbye to his ageing K9 partner Tho couldn’t get anymore difficult and heart-wrenching.

“I’ve lost my first colleague,” says Sandai.

On September 19, 2020, Tho passed away due to complications associated with old age, at twelve years and eight months.

Initially starting off as a driver for the Tracking Unit (K9) of the Pahang Contingent Police Headquarters, Sandai eventually worked his way up to more engaging duties, including operations in nightclubs, ports, airports, and other locations, regardless of time or day.

Sandai has served 20 years with the K9 Unit, first developing a bond with Tho back in 2008, when the dog was only eight months old.

Tho was born in China, and served as a narcotics detection dog.

“I had been with Tho since it was eight months old. We both trained at the Kuala Lumpur Police Training Center (PULAPOL) for four months before being given the trust to work as partners due to our compatibility,” explained Sandai.

“During our time together, never once did Tho disappoint me,” Sandai told Bernama.

Before moving to IPK Pahang on June 1, 2018, Sandai and Tho had served together in the Criminal Investigation Department of IPK Johor, busting a handful of drug smuggling rings.

Tho was a loving and caring dog.

The police officer recalled the times when Tho would start ‘rubbing itself against his legs’ whenever the dog sensed that his human companion just wasn’t having a great day.

But as Tho got older, his health started to deteriorate. Eventually, the dog got so weak it hardly moved about and found it difficult to eat without vomiting its food back out.

“In fact, it did not respond when I called its name. Usually, Tho would open its eyes and wag its tail. Because of that, I spent all day with Tho until I finally realized it was no longer breathing,” recounted Sandai on the day of Tho’s passing.

Hope you’re enjoying yourself up there in doggy Heaven, Tho.

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A recent study that analyzed the COVID-19 outbreak in Brazil found a link between the virus and previous outbreaks of the dengue fever.

It suggests that exposure to dengue may possibly provide some level of immunity from COVID-19.

The unpublished study, exclusively shared with Reuters, was spearheaded by Miguel Nicolelis, professor at Duke University.

The study draws parallels with geographic distribution of COVID-19 and the spread of dengue in 2019 and 2020.

It found that places with lower coronavirus infection and growth rates were also places that suffered dengue outbreaks recently.

Nicolelis said that the results of the study are fascinating because of how previous studies have found that people with dengue antibodies in their blood have a tendency to test falsely positive for COVID-19 antibodies although they’ve never been infected by the virus.

“This indicates that there is an immunological interaction between two viruses that nobody could have expected, because the two viruses are from completely different families.”

“If proven correct, this hypothesis could mean that dengue infection or immunization with an efficacious and safe dengue vaccine could produce some level of immunological protection against the coronavirus,” he said.

According to Nicolelis, his team came across the connection between the two viruses by accident while researching COVID-19 in Brazil.

A breakthrough came when the team began to compare the COVID-19 free areas to dengue dense areas.

“It was a shock. It was a total accident,” Nicolelis said.

“In science, that happens, you’re shooting at one thing and you hit a target that you never imagined you would hit.”

Although this is very promising, further studies are needed to prove and solidify the connection.

-mashable

You don’t need me to tell you just how much of a circus, shit-show, disaster, and monumental failure the year 2020 has been.

All your pre-2020 dreams and ambitions have been crushed into a fine dust and blown away like human ashes into an empty void.

We’ve found ways to cope. We’ve all found comfort in shared suffering. It’s the fact that we’re not alone in this ‘new normal’ that keeps us going.

But how do we sum up 2020 with just one emoji?

Lo and behold, the “face with spiral eyes”.

Before you start searching for software updates that contain this new emoji, sorry to say it’ll only be available in 2021. But I’m willing to wait.

Who knows, things might just get even worse next year.

“Face with spiral eyes” is part of a new line of emojis recently approved by the Unicode Consortium (the organization behind everyone’s favorite emojis) for release in 2021.

Looking more closely into “face with spiral eyes”, I can’t help but totally feel these spiral eyes sprouting from my own eye sockets. Maybe I’m just jaded as hell.

2020 has been overwhelming. And it has been confusing at best.

And after looking into the other emojis set for next year, it’s as clear as day that the creators were referencing the events that took place this year in 2020.

At least, that’s my hunch.

Up to 217 new emojis have been approved for 2021. Some notable ones include:

“Heart on fire”.

While the COVID-19 induced break-up season, it also sprouted new love. Or so, that’s what people like to think.

“Face in the clouds”.

This is another good one for current times. “Face in the clouds” is supposed to represent a sense of confusion, and at times, even pure bliss. People in Malaysia and Indonesia can also probably use this during the hazy season as well.

“Mending heart”.

With imminent disaster comes a period of healing. And that’s something a lot of us are probably working on right now, especially with all the shit that hit the fan this year. The “mending heart” emoji perfectly embodies that.

“Face exhaling”.

Used to express a sense of relief, “face exhaling” can also denote exhaustion, and even a sigh of disappointment. Its versatility is what makes this emoji a real keeper in the long-term.

You can even add a beard to any face emoji.

It’s not too clear what this is supposed to denote, but I’m not complaining. Plus, the beard covers all the available skin tones too.

-mashable

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