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When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

WHEN should you get vaccinated, after recovering from a COVID-19 infection?

The answers will surprise you! Please READ + SHARE!

 

Should You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

Those who recover from a COVID-19 infection usually gain significant protection from further infections, but that protection isn’t foolproof or long-lasting.

Hence, it is recommended that those who recover from COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, to ensure lasting protection.

But WHEN exactly can you get vaccinated against COVID-19?

 

When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

You would be surprised about when you can actually get vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19 infection.

Completed Recovered From COVID-19 Infection

The truth is you can get vaccinated as soon as you have completely recovered from an COVID-19 infection!

According to the US CDC, you have to wait until you have recovered from COVID-19 and no longer need to be isolated, before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

This guidance also applies to those who got infected with COVID-19 before getting their second dose of the vaccine.

COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies / Convalescent Plasma

There is only one exception – people who received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of their COVID-19 treatment.

They should only get vaccinated after at least 90 days, to prevent those passive antibodies from interfering with the vaccine-induced immune response.

Non-COVID-19 Antibody Therapies

People who received antibody therapies that are NOT specific to COVID-19 – intravenous immunoglobulin, RhoGAM, etc. – can get vaccinated as soon as they have fully recovered from their COVID-19 infection.

Antiviral Therapies

People who received antiviral drugs like Remdesivir during the treatment of COVID-19 can get vaccinated as soon as they have fully recovered from their COVID-19 infection.

 

Why Do Some Countries Recommend Waiting 90 Days?

Some countries recommend waiting 90 days, or even longer, before you get vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19.

This is partly done out of an abundance of caution, because the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in people who fully recovered from COVID-19 have not been fully investigated.

This is also partly because supply of vaccines are extremely limited in those countries, and should be prioritised to protect people who have not been infected yet.

Dr. Kate O’Brien (Director of WHO Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals) explains that in this short video.

It makes sense to delay vaccination for those who have recovered from COVID-19, as they would have significant protective antibodies for the next 6 months.

Even so, natural immunity from a COVID-19 infection will wane over time, and people who recovered from COVID-19 can get reinfected.

So it is still important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Please register for your COVID-19 vaccination. It may be delayed, but you will get it eventually.

 

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Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Did Not Die Of COVID-19!

The rumours claiming that Kossan Managing Director and CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, died of COVID-19 are false.

Find out what has gone viral recently, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Died Of COVID-19!

This viral message has been circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook for 2-3 days now, claiming that Kossan Managing Director and CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia, just died from COVID-19.

Kossan Rubber MD, Mr Lim Kwang Sa, aged 72 die of covid 19.Admitted to hospital last Sat and depart today .Kena super spreader variant covid

As regards TS Lim’s 3rd brother’s death { Kossan’s boss), this group from Pulau Ketam went for a dinner at Sekinjang n this was how it happened. A few of them are still in ICU. Just for your info. So, be extra careful n stay safe.

He was very healthy n strong but passed away due to covid.

3days fever
4th day had difficulty of breathing admitted to ICU.
5th day passed away.

He went to test for covid 2 times test negative.
3rd test positive but already had difficulty breathing n passed away next day.

20people or more in that trip contracted covid.

Some even posted pictures they claimed were of his newspaper obituaries.

 

Fact : Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Did Not Die Of COVID-19!

The truth is – Kossan MD and CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia is still alive and well.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Kossan CEO + MD Is Alive

As the Managing Director and CEO of Kossan Rubber Industries – one of the big four glove makers in Malaysia, his demise would have been big news.

Yet, no mainstream media posted the news of his death. Neither did Kossan Rubber Industries inform Bursa Malaysia or their shareholders of his passing.

The truth is – he is alive and well.

Fact #2 : It Was His Brother Who Died

The pictures of the newspaper obituaries are true, but they were not of Lim Kuang Sia, but his 75 year-old third brother – Lim Kuan Hwa, who passed away on 9 May 2021.

Fact #3 : Kossan Confirmed It

Kossan issued this clarification :

FYI, there is a message going around on the departure of of Kossan Rubber MD. This is fake news … the truth is the MD’s third brother Mr Lim Kuan Hwa passed away on May 9. Please disseminate. Thank you.

So there you have it – this is yet another fake story circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.

 

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Is There A Communist Revolution Monument In Penang?

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang have gone viral, with calls from netizens to TEAR IT DOWN!

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : DAP Created A Communist Monument In Penang!

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang are being shared on Facebook and social media, with messages like this (translated into English) :

DAP created a Communist monument in Penang after they took power.

Communist monument on Flag Hill in Penang.

What are you waiting for? When are you going to tear it down?

Do You Know?

In Penang, there is a World War II memorial called the Revolution Memorial.

But it’s full of Chinese letters and the figures are all dressed as Communists.

There is absolutely no information in English or Bahasa Melayu, much less Tamil.

When people say it’s racist, [you get] angry

This monument was built as soon as DAP took over Penang from Gerakan.

Here is a selection of comments that were posted with that misleading picture, showing how it instigates hate and racial tensions :

Roboh kan semuanya,, pulau Pinang ialah tanah Melayu,,jgn lupa tu,, DAP memang haprak

Demolish it all. Penang is Malay soil. Don’t forget that. DAP is useless.

Say no to komunis DAP

Puak2 pengkhianat DAP..musoh melayu..musoh islam..

DAP are traitors, enemies of the Malays, enemies of Islam.

Robohkan Tugu peringatan pembunuh anak anak peribumi Melayu. kenapa di iarkan sebegitu rupa di mana anguta dan bekas angguta keselamatan kita boleh biarkan sebegitu rupa…Letupkan !

Destroy the memorial of the killers of Malay natives. Why is it being left like that? How can our security forces let this be? Blow it up!

 

Communist Revolution Monument In Penang : The Truth

The short version is this – the monument in the pictures exists, but it is neither a Communist monument, nor was it created or built by DAP.

All of the claims about it in the incendiary posts above are FALSE.

We would like to warn everyone to be careful of political fake news being shared to incite hatred and racial tensions.

Fact #1 : That Is The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial

The monument in the picture is the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park, also known as the Air Itam War Memorial Park.

It is NOT a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument.

There are two key monuments at this memorial park :

  • a bronze-coloured army supply truck being pushed by three men – memorialising the Nanyang transport volunteers from Malaya, who helped deliver supplies to China when they were blocked by the Japanese.
  • a 45-foot tall white obelisk that commemorates the Marco Polo Incident, that kicked off the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.

The ashes of some 800 incomplete skeletons of Penang Chinese residents who died under Japanese occupation, and the Nanyang transport volunteers who died, are also buried under the obelisk.

The truck also has a number plate with the date 1939 on it. Communist China didn’t exist in 1939, so claims that this is a Communist monument is… idiotic.

Fact #2 : It Was Built In 1946 And Opened In 1951

Construction on the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park started in 1946, and it was officially opened in 1951.

DAP was only formed on 11 October 1965, so the claim that it was built when DAP gained power in Penang is false.

Because the People’s Republic of China was only established in 1949, the claim that this is a communist revolution monument is idiotic.

It is also extremely stupid to claim that the figures were dressed as Chinese Communists, because Communist China didn’t exist when the monument was being built!

Fact #3 : It Was Privately Funded

The original Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park was funded entirely by the Penang China Relief Fund, a Penang-based private fundraising organisation.

It was officially opened at 11 AM on 11 November 1951 by Penang Chinese tycoon and philanthropist, Lim Lean Teng, who was the supervisory chairman of the organisation.

After the Penang China Relief Fund was dissolved in 1952, the Kong Min School was entrusted to maintain the memorial with an annual budget of $5,000, and an annual memorial service.

Fact #4 : It Was Upgraded For Its 60th Anniversary

The Board of Trustees of the Kong Min School decided to repair and upgrade the memorial to coincide with its 60th anniversary.

The RM 400,000 project also added a 60 foot-long wall relief showing Malayan transport volunteers on the Burma-China road, and a peace column with flying doves.

On top of private donations by various organisations and individuals, the Penang state government also chipped in.

When it was opened at precisely 11:11 AM on 11 November 2016 by Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, politicians from both sides of the political divide attended the launch.

Therefore, the claim that no one knew about it, or that it was only something DAP would do, is categorically FALSE.

Photo Credit : The Sun Daily

Fact #5 : There Is Information In FOUR Languages

The memorial park has information in four languages – English, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and Japanese.

Here is the information panel in English and Bahasa Melayu, proving that the claim there is no information in both languages are FALSE.

 

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KRI Nanggala Submarine : Was Its Wreck Recovered?

Was the wreck of the Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala, just recovered from the sea?

Find out what has gone viral on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

KRI Nanggala Submarine : Was Its Wreck Recovered?

People have been sharing a picture purportedly showing the wreck of he Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala, being lifted from the sea.

The picture shows a crane apparently lifting the wreckage of a submarine with the hull number 402 circled in red, with pictures of women crying and hugging each other.

402 is the hull number of KRI Nanggala – the Indonesian submarine that sank 95 kilometres north of Bali on 21 April 2021.

Some also shared part of the Indonesian article – Tangisan Keluarga Korban Pecah, Tim Evakuasi Berhasil Angkat Puing Puing KIR Nanggala 402 Kepermukaan.

In English, the long title translates as “The Victims’ Families Cried, The Evacuation Team Succeeded In Lifting The Wreckage of KRI Nanggala 402 To The Surface“.

 

KRI Nanggala : Submarine Wreck Has Not Been Recovered!

The truth is – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS circulating through social media. Here are the facts..

Fact #1 : The Photo Was Edited

Obviously, the photo was edited – it is a collage.

But more to the point – the photo of the submarine was edited to add the hull number 402.

The person who created the photo lifted the 402 hull number from this picture of the actual KRI Nanggala submarine, and added it to the submarine in the photo above.

Fact #2 : That Submarine Was K-141 Kursk

The submarine used in the fake photo is actually K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy, flipped horizontally.

This is the photo of the Kursk they used to make the fake photo, which we flipped horizontally to make the comparison easier.

As you can see, they edited out the Kursk coat of arms from the sail, and paste the 402 hull number next to it.

Fact #3 : KRI Nanggala Has Not Been Recovered… Yet

Efforts to recover the wreck of KRI Nanggala started on 4 May 2021, with the assistance of the Chinese Navy.

However, as of 11 May 2021, no part of its hull has been recovered from the depth of 838 metres where the wreck has rested.

Fact #4 : Original Article Was Deleted

The original article was posted on 1 May 2021 but recently removed after being exposed as fake news.

However, the video with that fake photo is still available on YouTube, and it was copied and posted by other websites eager to capitalise on the disaster.

Note : We added the FALSE overlay to prevent the article from being further shared as fact.

 

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Did Salk Institute Prove Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots?

Did researchers from the Salk Institute just prove that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to cause deadly blood clots?

Find out what new lies Mike Adams from Natural News just posted, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Salk Institute Prove Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots?

Mike Adams from NaturalNews is at it again, crafting new lies using the same scientific studies that he abhors so much. Hypocrisy much?

Here is a new piece of fake news trash that Mike just put up on Natural News, and people are sharing on social media as if it’s true.

BOMBSHELL Salk Institute science paper reveals the covid spike protein is what’s causing deadly blood clots… and it’s in all the covid vaccines (by design)…

Well-documented article reveals the shocking truth that covid vaccines are DESIGNED to cause widespread injury and death!

The prestigious Salk Institute, founded by vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, has authored and published a bombshell scientific article revealing that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is what’s actually causing vascular damage in covid patients and covid vaccine recipients, promoting the strokes, heart attacks, migraines, blood clots and other harmful reactions that have already killed thousands of Americans (source: VAERS.hhs.gov).

Critically, all four covid vaccine brands currently in widespread use either inject patients with the spike protein or, via mRNA technology, instruct the patient’s own body to manufacture spike proteins and release them into their own blood. This floods the patient’s body with the very spike protein that the Salk Institute has now identified as the smoking gun cause of vascular damage and related events (such as blood clots, which are killing many people who take the vaccines).

Put simply, it means the vaccines were designed to contain the very element that’s killing people.

 

NO. Salk Institute Did NOT Even Say Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots!

Mike Adams and Natural News are infamous for writing fake stories, designed to scare people.

Why? So you will share his posts and he makes money from advertisements and selling you fake cures.

This is yet another FAKE STORY written by Mike to scare you, and here are the FACTS!

Fact #1 : SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Is A Defining Feature

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to specifically target the spike protein (S protein) because :

  • it is the defining feature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • antibodies targeting it will block the virus from binding with our cells

The spike protein is both the “uniform” and the “weapon” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Think of it as the German spiked helmet of World War I – the Pickelhaube. It is distinctive, and the spike can even be used as a weapon!

After your immune system is trained by the vaccines, it can immediately identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus by its spike protein.

This allows it to quickly produce antibodies that bind with the spike protein, and blocking the real virus from attacking your cells!

Fact #2 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Release Spike Proteins Into Blood

This is an outright lie by Mike Adams, and he knows it. Anyone who read the news (never mind press releases!) on mRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna know that :

  • they teach our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins.
  • these spike proteins are then expressed (presented) on the surface of those cells

These spike proteins are NOT released in our blood, as Mike falsely claimed.

Fact #3 : Salk Institute Did Not Even Look At COVID-19 Vaccines!

The Salk Institute press release, which you can read in its entirety here, did not even mention COVID-19 vaccines, much less looked at whether they cause blood clots.

So how did COVID-19 vaccines get mentioned? Mike Adams added that in himself.

Fact #4 : Study Proved That COVID-19 Is A Vascular Disease

The study, which was published in Circulation Research on 30 April 2021, showed that “COVID-19 is a vascular disease“.

The co-senior author of the paper, Assistant Research Professor Uri Manor said, “A lot of people think of it as a respiratory disease, but it’s really a vascular disease. That could explain why some people have strokes, and why some people have issues in other parts of the body. The commonality between them is that they all have vascular underpinnings.

In other words, COVID-19 is more than just a “cold” or even a respiratory illness. It is also a vascular disease that can cause strokes and other problems.

Fact #5 : Study Showed That SARS-CoV-2 Spike Proteins Can Damage Cells

While scientists are not surprised the COVID-19 is a vascular disease, they did not know how the SARS-CoV-2 affects the vascular system.

So these researchers created a pseudovirus that is surrounded by the SARS-CoV-2 classic crown of spike proteins and tested it on an animal model, and in the lab.

They discovered that the spike proteins ALONE are sufficient to damage the cells when they bind to their ACE2 receptors.

This is where Mike jumps in and claims that the spike proteins in COVID-19 vaccines can therefore cause the same damage. We will show you why that is simply FALSE.

Fact #6 : Binding Of Spike Protein With ACE2 Receptors Causes Damage

This is the important part – the study showed that it is the act of the spike proteins binding to the ACE2 receptors that damages the cells!

This binding disrupted ACE2’s molecular signaling to mitochondria (organelles that generate energy for cells), causing the mitochondria to become damaged and fragmented.

That means the spike proteins by themselves do not damage the cells. They must bind with the cells’ ACE2 receptors – as a real SARS-CoV-2 virus would – to damage them.

Fact #7 : Vaccine Spike Proteins Do NOT Bind With ACE2 Receptors

The mere presence of spike proteins in COVID-19 vaccines alone cannot trigger cellular damage, because the binding must be activated by cellular proteases such as TMPRSS2 and Furin.

Think of TMPRSS2 and Furin as the hands that turn the key (spike protein) once it goes into the lock (ACE2 receptor). Without them, the key cannot unlock the door!

TMPRSS2 is primarily expressed by endothelial cells in our respiratory and digestive tracts. Furin is more common, but they are both not present in the cells of the skeletal muscle that the vaccines are injected into.

Even more importantly, skeletal muscle cells do not have the ACE2 receptor, which is abundant in :

  • lung alveolar epithelial cells
  • enterocytes of the small intestine
  • arterial and venous endothelial cells
  • arterial smooth muscle cells

That is why SARS-CoV-2 attacks our respiratory and vascular systems, not our muscles.

That is also why the protein spikes produced by COVID-19 vaccines will not damage our cells, or cause blood clots.

Fact #8 : Vaccine-Induced Blood Clots Are Rare

Mike falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines cause “strokes, heart attacks, migraines, blood clots and other harmful reactions that have already killed thousands of Americans”.

He claimed the US VAERS system as a source. That is the American version of the UK Yellow Card system – an open system in which anyone from anywhere can make any claim they want, without verification.

As we demonstrated with the Yellow Card system, you can pretty much post any story you want into these systems.

The truth is vaccine-induced blood clots are very, very rare. In fact, it has been established that only COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson can potentially cause VITT – Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia.

Even then, VITT is extremely rare, so rare that you are 219X more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection than get VITT from an AstraZeneca vaccine!

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

Fact #9 : VITT Is Not Caused By Spike Protein

As I noted in my earlier article on VITT, a pre-print study concluded that the antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike protein do NOT cross-react with platelet factor 4.

Therefore, it seems likely that the adenovirus vectors used in both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be the trigger for this reaction.

After all, other vaccines that target the same SARS-CoV-2 spike protein – like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – do not have this risk.

Fact #10 : Vaccines Are Designed To Save Lives

This is the most egregious lie by Mike Adams and Natural News.

Vaccines are not, and have never been, “designed to cause widespread injury and death”, as he claims.

Vaccines have been proven time and time again that they save lives, period. No ifs, no buts, no maybes.

We even have the evidence for the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in saving lives. Look at how drastically Israel cut down on COVID-19 cases by using vaccinations and lockdowns.

If COVID-19 vaccines kill or injure people, do you really think Israel would have continued vaccinating their people?

Credit : Statista

 

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How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!

Most smartphones are capable of playing games, but vivo shares how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!

 

How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!

The vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones may be focused at delivering flagship-class photographic capabilities, but it is also a gaming powerhouse.

vivo shared how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!

Flagship Class Performance!

The vivo X60 and X60 Pro are built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, which features :

  • 1 x Prime Core : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 3.2 GHz
  • 3 x Performance Cores : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.42 GHz
  • 4 x Power-Saving Cores : ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 698 DSP

All that delivers exemplary CPU and GPU performance that is more than capable of handling any game you throw at it, at maximum resolution!

Display With High Refresh Rate + High Response Rate!

All of that processing power is important because it helps the vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones drive their fantastic 6.56-inch AMOLED display, which boasts not only a 120 Hz refresh rate, but also a 240 Hz response rate!

This not only gives you silky smooth visuals, but also ensures you can react much more quickly than your gaming opponents.

This will give you a definite edge in first-person shooter or battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile.

Long Battery Life!

This is an oft-overlooked feature – a long battery life. Sure, you can keep your smartphone plugged into the wall, but is that really fun?

The X60 and X60 Pro not only come with a large 4,300 mAh battery, vivo optimised their power consumption to ensure that it lasts longer than competing smartphones.

This lets you go on playing, even when your gaming opponents have run out of power!

 

vivo X60 / X60 Pro : Enjoy A Great Gaming Experience Today!

Here are a few places online where you can buy a vivo X60 or X60 Pro smartphone, to enjoy a great gaming experience!

 

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Vaccine Registration : Must Change Address In MySejahtera?

A warning to change your address in MySejahtera has gone viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Vaccine Registration : Must Change Address In MySejahtera?

A warning to change your address in MySejahtera has gone viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter over the past two days.

This is to share a potential error in vaccination registration using MySejahtera.

If your status is shown similar to the left screen without state and postcode info, your registration is not complete. Update your state and postcode and resubmit.

The correct status should be as shown on the right ,with state and postcode info.

Not only has this person’s post gone viral, it led to many netizens complaining that they were not informed of this requirement earlier, and criticising the Ministry of Health for being so stupid.

Note : We intentionally address the FALSE overlay to prevent this viral post from being further abused.

 

Vaccine Registration Change Of Address In MySejahtera : The Facts!

Here is the TLDR summary – the viral post above is incorrect and misleading. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : That Is A New MySejahtera Feature

The inclusion of an option to update your home address is a new MySejahtera feature.

It was probably introduced as part of Version 1.0.34, which was released on 24 April 2021.

Fact #2 : There Is A Separate Address Update Link

On the left is what you would see if you did not update your home address. On the right is what you will see after you update your home address.

What the post failed to point out is that you can update your home address using a separate link, just below the assessment details link – highlighted in red below.

Fact #3 : Only Use It To Change Your Address

When you first registered, you have already submitted your home address.

There is NO NEED to update your address if it’s still the same. You only need to change it if you are moving to a different location.

The feature allows you to change your address WITHOUT going through the assessment again.

But if you need to update your assessment – if you were recently diagnosed with a co-morbidity, for example – the assessment also includes the option to select your state and postcode.

This is an example of what you would see if you are changing the address for a dependent.

Previously, you would just search for your current address or use the GPS locator. Now, MySejahtera adds the option to key in your state and postcode. That’s the only difference.

Fact #4 : Dependents Can Have Different Addresses

You may not know this, but you can set your dependents with a different address from your own home address.

This allows you to manage the vaccine registrations of your dependents if they are living in a different location.

Fact #5 : Address Change Won’t Affect Your Queue Position

Changing your address won’t affect your position in the queue.

So don’t panic if you believed the viral post and changed your address. Your queue position remains safe.

Fact #6 : JKJAV Confirmed This

JKJAV – the Special Committee On COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – confirmed this in a tweet at 10:48 AM on 10 May 2021.

 

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Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Did American infectious disease expert, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, die from COVID-19, even after he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Find out what the FACTS really are, and if it is truly pointless to vaccinate against COVID-19!

Updated @ 2021-05-08 : Snopes’ inability to verify facts, more details on vaccine breakthrough infections, and Dr. Kapila’s alleged infection by Indian variant.

Updated @ 2021-05-06 : Verified that Dr. Kapila was fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, and contracted COVID-19 in India, and many other updates.
Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added unverified claims of heart attack.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-04

 

Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Professor Dr. Rajendra Kapila – an 81-year old infectious disease expert at the Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School passed away on 28 April 2021.

This was first reported by Professor Nancy Connell, Vice-chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Professor Robert A. Schwartz, the Head of Dermatology, and Professor at the Medicine, Paediatrics, as well as Preventive Medicine and Community Health departments, also posted the news in a tweet :

Condolences to the family of Rajendra Kapila, the @RutgersU professor, @CityofNewarkNJ physician, and  @USArmy veteran who advocated for the finest healthcare attainable for all. He will be remembered for his unmatched sagacity and conduct exemplarily of the @AOA_society motto.

It was later verified by Dr. Asit Khanna, who posted it in the Corona Fatalities and Infections in healthcare workers Worldwide group in Facebook.

According to the Dr. Asit, Dr. Rajendra Kapila went to Ghaziabad in India to look after his ailing father-in-law, contractor COVID-19, and succumbed to it.

According to Dr. Ruby Bansal, who said she was personally involved in his care, he tested RT-PCR positive for COVID-19 at the Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital in Kaushambi, and took his last breath at the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi.

A WhatsApp message then offered even more details on his condition. While we cannot corroborate the details, they seem plausible.

Prof. Kapila 83 years of age had history of Diabetes and CAD S/P stents. He had received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine a month before leaving for India.

During his visit he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 4 days but signed out against medical advice.

Thereafter he was admitted to a different hospital where he continued to recover from Covid pneumonia and at anytime did not require any assisted breathing.

On the seventh day he passed away following a massive heart attack in the early morning hours.
Myocardial ischemia, MI and sudden death are known to occur with circadian variation and peak after waking in the morning.

Waking in the morning, physical exertion, and mental stress influence plasma epinephrine levels, coronary blood flow, platelet aggregability, and endothelial function.

A relationship between COVID-19 infection and cardiovascular disease is also well established.

People who are 65 and older or with chronic conditions are at increased risk of cardiac complications.

Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the setting of pre existing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension have increased risk of severe disease and death.

Potential mechanisms of cardiovascular injury include hypoxemia, myocarditis, thrombosis, stress cardiomyopathy and myocardial inflammation from the cytokine storm.

A significant number of patients who recover from COVID-19 have heart damage caused by the virus due to inflammation, even in mild cases.

mRNA vaccine efficacy is 95% which means that there is only a 5% chance of mild to moderate disease following 2 weeks after full vaccination.

The vaccines provide 100% protection from severe illness and death.

Prof. Kapila suffered mild to moderate Covid and did not progress to severe illness at any time.

He being 83 coupled with the history of CAD and complicated by Covid infection likely contributed to his sudden demise.

There is no justification to claim that this was a Covid vaccination failure.

Prof. Kapila was a good friend and will be remembered for his teaching and HIV research.

On 5 May 2021, the Hindustan Times reported that Dr. Kapila returned to India with his wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila in the last week of March 2021, and stayed in Ghaziabad.

He was supposed to return to the US by the second week of April, but was instead tested positive on 8 April 2021 and admitted to the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi where he passed away, as Dr. Ruby Bansal above stated.

His wife, a microbiologist who has been working in a COVID-19 lab in New Jersey said that they both received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US, and that “it is ironic that we came to Indian for two weeks and he contracted it here.

Finally, on 7 May 2021, the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School issued an official statement, confirming that Dr. Kapila passed away.

Both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital are saddened by the untimely passing of Rajendra Kapila, MD, Professor of Medicine.

For 50 years, Dr. Kapila served as a foundational pillar of New Jersey Medical School, the Martland Hospital and University Hospital where he provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents and fellows. A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Kapila was recognized world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases. Dr. Kapila founded the Division of Infectious Diseases and facilitated its continued and extraordinary growth and development into one of the leading infectious diseases programs in the country.

We will update this article, as and when we know more.

 

WHY Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Of the thousands of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19, why did netizens pick Dr. Rajendra Kapila’s story to go viral?

The news of his passing was tied to comments that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, and his death shows that it may not be effective against the new Indian double mutation variant.

Here is one example :

Dr Rajendra Kapila, Infectious disease expert with Rutgers University was visiting India due to his father in-law’s poor health. He got infected with covid and died yesterday in India.

His friends here are sad and in disbelief how quickly he passed away. Apparently, he had both shots vaccines here before he left for India. Irony is he was infectious disease doctor.

So sad to know this. Looks like the vaccine may not be as effective with the new variants.
After two Pfizer vaccines shots in US , this doctor travelled to india to see his parents and succumbed to Indian variant

Vaccination is not effective with variants. Please exercise caution.

So what are the facts? Let’s take a look…

Fact #1 : Snopes Is Not Always Correct

I know some of you came from Snopes, who claimed that we are a fringe news outlet. The truth is – we have been debunking fake news on Tech ARP long before Snopes ever existed – since 1998!

Snopes may be recognised as a leading fact-checking website, but they expanded too fast and their writers are not infallible.

As of 8 May 2021, they still say that they are “not able to determine if Kapila had been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 using the Pfizer vaccine”. Neither were they able to “confirm whether he was diagnosed with COVID-19 following his vaccination.

Seriously?? We had already verified on 6 May 2021 (the last Snopes update) that his wife confirmed that Dr. Kapila was not only fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, he was infected with COVID-19 in India.

Perhaps, because they are not doctors, they do not understand the concept of breakthrough infections. Perhaps they should look at bringing in medical experts to fact-check medical facts…

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

Fact #2 : Dr. Kapila Was Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

On 6 May 2021, Dr. Kapila’s wife – Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila – confirmed that they were both fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, before flying to India.

She also confirmed that he contracted COVID-19 in India, calling it ironic since she worked at a COVID-19 lab and they had both been taking precautions at home and in India.

It is a shame that Snopes still is unable to verify that, despite numerous major news organisations confirming it.

Fact #3 : Breakthrough Infections Can Happen After Vaccination

While antivaxxers are using Dr. Kapila’s case as a “lesson” in how useless COVID-19 vaccines are, that is really not the case.

It is certainly plausible for a fully-vaccinated person to still get infected by COVID-19. That’s because vaccines do not directly protect you against infections.

Rather, COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

But like all training programmes we undergo in life, not all students graduate with flying marks. And so it is with our immune systems – not all of them will learn from the vaccines well enough.

Even the most efficacious vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, have an efficacy of “just” 94-95%. That means a small number of people can still get infected even after they are fully vaccinated.

These infections are known as breakthrough infections, and they will keep happening until we achieve herd immunity.

To prevent them, we have to quickly vaccinate everyone against COVID-19. Even herd immunity at the workplace can greatly cut down on breakthrough infections!

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW

Fact #4 : We Don’t Know If Dr. Kapila Was Infected With Indian Variant

Despite claims that Dr. Kapila was infected with the Indian variant – B.1.617, that cannot be confirmed.

In fact, it is unlikely that it would ever be revealed, as it would require :

a) genome sequencing of a virus sample from Dr. Kapila,
b) his wife to be informed about the results, and
c) his wife to publicly release that information.

So we should ignore anyone who claims he was infected with the B.1.617 variant, unless it is backed with evidence.

Fact #5 : We Don’t Know Much About Indian Variant Right Now

The new Indian variant – called B.1.617 – isn’t really new. It was first detected in India in December 2020.

It is called a double mutant variant, because it has two key mutations that affect the spike protein it uses to attach to our cells.

  • E484Q : similar to the E484K mutation see in the South African (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1) variants, it changes part of the spike protein
  • L452R : first seen in the B.1.427 / B.1.429 variants from California, it could increase the spike protein’s ability to bind to human cells, increasing its infectivity.

There is much that we currently do not know about the Indian B.1.617 variant, including whether these mutations will allow it to “bypass” the training offered by current vaccines.

We also do not know if the mutations make the virus more virulent (dangerous), as well as infectious (more likely to infect).

Nevertheless, it would make sense to continue with our COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

Dr Rajendra Kapila at EDPACON Delhi 2018. Photo Credit : Dr. Ruby Bansal

Fact #6 : Spike Protein Mutations May Reduce Vaccine Efficacy

Most COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the immune system how to identify the spike protein of the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The immune system then creates antibodies against the spike protein, and that is what protects people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, mutations that change the shape of the spike protein, changing how it appears to our immune system. It would be like a spy putting on a moustache to change how he looks.

This may or may not allow the new SARS-CoV-2 variant to evade your immune system that is keeping an eye out for the original variant it trained against.

Significant changes in the spike protein may also prevent the antibodies created against the original variant to bind to the new variant.

To prevent these mutations, we must rapidly cut down on infections through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #7 : Mutations Increase With Infections

SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, which naturally mutates at a high rate with every infection. With over 150 million cases, it is not surprising to see so many significant mutations.

We can expect more and more mutations, with new variants created, as long as people are getting infected.

That is why it is important to break the chain of infection through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #8 : Mutations Do Not Necessarily Increase Virulence

The mutations occur randomly, but natural selection would favour a virus that is more transmissible but less virulent.

A successful virus is one that evolves to be highly infectious, but does not kill its host… at least not too quickly!

A particularly virulent virus, like Ebola, that quickly kills its host will not be very successful at spreading as it is less likely to infect other hosts.

So please do NOT panic unnecessarily over the Indian variant, or whatever new variant appears.

Focus on what matters – cutting infections and deaths. And how do we do that? By vaccinating everyone ASAP!

 

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Selangor Under MCO 3.0 : Full List Of Police Roadblocks!

Now that Selangor is under MCO 3.0, the police have set up many roadblocks across the state.

Please plan your trip around these police roadblocks to avoid congestion, or make sure you bring your travel permit / employer’s letter.

 

Selangor Under MCO 3.0 : Why Police Roadblocks?

On 4 May 2021, Malaysia’s Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob announced that these six districts in Selangor will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures :

  • Hulu Langat : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  • Petaling
    – Bukit Raja
    – Sungai Buloh : Subang, Bandar Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Sri Damansara, Merbau Sempak
    – Damansara : Subang Jaya, Pekan Hicom, Bandar Sunway, Bandar Petaling Jaya, Kayu Ara, Bandar Glenmarie, Bandar Saujana, Shah Alam, Batu Tiga, Country Height
    – Petaling : Puchong, Kinrara, Sungai Besi, Serdang
  • Gombak : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Ulu Kelang
  • Klang : Klang, Kapar
  • Kuala Langat : Bandar, Batu, Jugra, Kelanang, Morib, Tanjung 12, Teluk Panglima Garang
  • Sepang : Sepang town, Dengkil, Labu

All six districts will be under MCO / PKP from 6 May 2021 until 17 May 2021.

Inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for these districts under MCO 3.0, except for emergencies or work purposes.

Hence, the police have set-up multiple roadblocks to ensure compliance with the MCO 3.0 travel restrictions.

 

Selangor Under MCO 3.0 : Full List Of Police Roadblocks!

While the MCO 3.0 travel restrictions are based on districts, the police roadblocks are managed by different district police headquarters (IPD).

So please take note of ALL of these roadblocks in Selangor, and plan your travel accordingly.

If you plan to cross district or state lines for work or emergencies, please make sure you have the police permit, or your employer’s letter ready.

Petaling Jaya

  • Sungai Buloh Toll Exit
  • Kota Damansara Toll Exit
  • Damansara Toll Exit
  • Subang Toll Exit

Shah Alam

  • Shah Alam Toll Plaza – both directions
  • Setia Alam Toll Plaza – both directions

Klang (North)

  • Bukit Raja Toll Exit
  • Bandar Baru Klang – in front of AEON Bukit Raja
  • Pekan Papar – Batu 10, Jalan Kapar

Klang (South)

  • Klang Town Council (MPK – Majlis Perbandaran Klang)
  • KESAS Toll
  • Jalan Langat
  • Kampung Delek
  • Jalan Dato Ahmad Sidin.

Sungai Buloh

  • Hospital Sg. Buloh Toll Plaza – both directions
  • Rawang Toll Plaza – both directions
  • Jalan Selangor – Kepong KM 12 : in front of Petron petrol station
  • Jalan Sungai Buloh – Shah Alam : in front of Shell petrol station at Subang Permai

Gombak

  • KM 14 from Rawang to KL
  • KM 14 from KL to Rawang
  • Second Rawang Toll Plaza
  • Gombak Toll Plaza – both directions
  • Jalan Utama Desa Aman Puri

Serdang

  • Bandar Kinrara – LRT BK 5
  • Jalan Puchong – Klang Lama : in front of Telekom Malaysia, Puchong
  • Jalan Putra Permai – in front of Nahrim, Serdang
  • Jalan Utama Serdang Raya 8 – in front of Maybank Seri Kembangan

Kajang

  • In front of Beranang Police Station
  • Jalan Broga – Mantini
  • Bandar Seri Putra Toll Exit
  • Kajang Toll Exit
  • Eco Majestic Toll Exit
  • Bangi Toll Exit
  • Besraya Highway, at Minlon

Sepang

  • Nilai – Bandar Baru Salak : both directions
  • Serimas Toll at Pekan Salak
  • Salak Road – Kampung Jijan

Sabak Bernam

  • KM 74, Jalan Klang Teluk Intan
  • Jalan Lama Kuala Selangor Sg. Besar
  • KM 113, Jalan Besar Klang Teluk Intan (Jalan Bagan Nira)

Subang Jaya

  • USJ 8 ELITE Toll Plaza
  • Putra Heights Toll

Ampang Jaya

  • Jalan Hadapan Desa 288 – Jalan Ampang entering into Ampang
  • Jalan Pandan Indah, Cheras Indah
  • MRR2 – in front of Petronas Klang Gates, from Gombak to Ampang

Kuala Langat

  • ELITE Toll, Bandar Saujana Putra
  • Jalan BT 7, Sijankang
  • SKVE Toll
  • Jalan Seri Cheding, in front of Chinese temple
  • In front of Petronas Olak Lempit

Kuala Selangor

  • Ijok Toll Plaza (Latar)
  • In front of Tanjung Karang police station – both directions

KLIA

  • Jalan Labohan Dagang – Nilai
  • Jalan Nilai Labohan Dagang
  • Jalan Quarters KLIA – SIC

Hulu Selangor

  • Tanjung Malim Toll Plaza
  • Bukit Beruntung Toll Plaza
  • Lembah Beringin Toll Plaza
  • Bukit Tagar Toll Plaza
  • KM 79, KL – Ipoh – Dusun Bay
  • Gohtong Jaya Checkpoint
  • Taman Selesa, Jalan Bukit Fraser – Raub
  • KM 34, Jalan Ipoh – KL – Serendah
  • Sungai Buaya Toll Plaza

 

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YES PRIHATIN : FREE Phone, Data + Education For B40!

We compared all of the Prihatin plans, and discovered that the YES PRIHATIN initiative is the BEST there is!

ZERO upfront fee, ZERO monthly fees, and ZERO contract!

Find out how to get a FREE smartphone, FREE data and FREE access to educational content through the YES PRIHATIN initiative!

 

YES PRIHATIN : What Is it?

On 5 May 2021, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin launched the Jaringan PRIHATIN programme, which offers a one year subsidy to help B40 families and individuals pay for devices and data :

  • B40 families : RM300
  • B40 individuals : RM180

YES is stepping up to the challenge, by offering two free PRIHATIN plans.

 

YES PRIHATIN : FREE Phone, Data + Education For B40!

Great news! If you are in the B40 segment, you are entitled to a FREE smartphone, FREE data and FREE access to educational content from YES!

YES is offering not one, but two PRIHATIN plans for B40 rakyat :

  • YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Families
  • YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Individuals

Both plans give subscribers a free smartphone, free data and free access to YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content. All for one year, with no deposit, contract or payment!

On top of all that, subscribers will receive a RM50 Shopee voucher! How awesome is that?

 

YTL Foundation’s Learn From Home Content : Absolutely FREE!

YES PRIHATIN subscribers will get access to Learn from Home content, either on the FrogAsia Mobile App or the YTL Foundation website.

There are 1,271 lessons across four core subjects – Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science – all mapped against the national curriculum for Primary 1 through Form 5.

There are also more than 13,000 quizzes covering all those core subjects, on the FrogAsia app that parents and students can use for revision.



 

How Does YES PRIHATIN Compare Against The Competition?

Will you look at that? The YES PRIHATIN plan definitely trumps the competition!

The most important thing B40 individuals and families should not – there is ZERO up front fee, and there is ZERO monthly fee.

On top of that, there is no contract. You are free to leave the plan whenever you want.

The YES PRIHATIN plan is definitely the best option, as our comparison table shows!

RM300 Subsidy Yes Maxis Hotlink Celcom UMobile Digi
Up Front Fee RM 0 RM 91 RM 295 RM 139 RM 100
Monthly Fee RM 0 RM 60 RM 28 RM 35 RM 35
Monthly Benefits 30 GB data
Unlimited calls
30 GB data
Unlimited calls
16 GB data
Unlimited calls,
YT, FB, IG,
WhatsApp, WeChat
Unlimited data
(4 Mbps)
30 GB data
Unlimited calls
Contract None 12 Months 24 Months None None
Free Device Altitude 3 vivo Y12s Samsung A02 Samsung A02
or
Realme Cii
Samsung A02
Total Entry Cost RM 0 RM 91 RM 200 RM 139 RM 100

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Sign Up?

It is very easy to sign up for YES PRIHATIN, and claim your free smartphone, data, and access to educational content.

There are three ways to sign up for YES PRIHATIN :

WEBSITE : www.yes.my/kasiupB40

HOTLINE : 018-3333-303

SMARTPHONE

  1. Go to the YES PRIHATIN sign-up page.
  2. Click on the red Start button.
  3. Select the Free YES PRIHATIN SIM option.
  4. Choose your plan :
    a) Family with 30 GB of free data
    b) Individual with 15 GB of free data
  5. Fill in your personal information.
  6. Click the Verify button, once you’re done!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Register + Activate Your SIM?

After you receive your free YES SIM card, load it into your smartphone, and follow these steps :

  1. Open the MyYes app
  2. Click on the New User button.
  3. Click on the Activate SIM option.
  4. Click Face Recognition.
  5. Click the Start button.
  6. Click the record button, and follow these steps to verify your face.
    a) Look straight into your phone camera, ensure your eyes are wide open and smile.
    b) Turn your face to the left, and then to the right.
    c) Look straight into the camera again to capture your image.
  7. Once you see a green check mark, your Face Recognition Verification is complete!

Your free YES SIM card is now activated!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Claim Your Freebies?

To claim your free smartphone and data, follow these steps :

  1. Open the MyYes app
  2. Click on the YES PRIHATIN Learn From Home banner.
  3. Click on the Refer YES PRIHATIN button.
  4. Fill in the IC number of the B40 candidate.
  5. Fill in the information of the prospective B40 family, and click Next when you are done.
  6. Select your preferred plan – Family or Individual – and click Next.
  7. Fill in the delivery address and click Next.
  8. Verify your information, and click Next.

Your information will be processed, and you will be sent a notification if it’s successful!

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine In Malaysia : Is It Safe To Get?

Now that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is available to volunteers in Malaysia, is it SAFE to take?

Find out what’s the risk of getting blood clots, and the risk-benefit analysis for the AstraZeneca vaccine in Malaysia!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine In Malaysia : Why People Think It’s Not Safe

Scientists are now quite certain that the AstraZeneca vaccine can induce a rare side effect called Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) or Vaccine-induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT)

In a very small number of cases, these vaccines could cause the immune system to create anti-PF4 (Anti-Platelet Factor 4) antibodies, which attack the platelets, causing them to clump together and blood clots to form.

Patients who develop these blood clots will complain of these symptoms 4 to 30 days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine :

  • Severe headache that
    – does not improve with simple painkillers
    – gets worse when lying down
  • Neurological changes
    – blurred vision
    – speech difficulties
    – drowsiness
    – seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Back pain or back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Petechiae (tiny blood spots under the skin)
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine In Malaysia : Is It Safe To Get?

The risk of getting thrombotic thrombocytopenia from the AstraZeneca vaccine is exceedingly small.

In fact, it is much smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

For those who want the details of this CHMP risk-benefit analysis, please scroll down.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine May Be Safe, But I Work From Home!

For adults less than 60 years in age who are still worried about the risk, you can consider your risk profile.

Low Risk Profile

  • You are working from home, or have little to no contact with strangers
  • It may be safe to wait until your turn comes for the other COVID-19 vaccines.

High Risk Profile

  • You need to work with other people, travel, or meet clients
  • It is probably better to get vaccinated as soon as you can.

For adults who are 60 years and older, the benefits vastly exceeds the risk. There is simply no reason not to take the AstraZeneca vaccine, whether you are always sheltering at home or go out very often.

Recommended : AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : How To Register For It!

 

Is AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Safe, Why 60 Year Old Limit?

You may have noticed that many countries like Germany, Ireland and Italy are recommending that the AstraZeneca vaccine be used for people who are 60 years or older.

This is because the initial CHMP assessment report (see below) showed that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks for the age groups of 60 years and above in the worst case scenario.

Hence, out of an abundance of caution and because they have alternative vaccines, they are limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people who are 60 years and older.

This assessment was based on a very low incidence rate – just 55 people infected out of 100,000 people, so it is not reflective of the real world situation in many countries.

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Risk Assessment : High Risk Scenario

While the low COVID-19 exposure risk assessment is great for a “worst case scenario”, it is not representative of the real world situation.

So let’s take a look at the CHMP’s high exposure scenario which uses a COVID-19 incidence rate of 0.88%.

That is frankly much lower than the incidence rate in many countries. Malaysia right now has an incidence rate of about 1.3%, while India has an incidence rate of 1.4% and increasing.

But it will gives us a better idea of the benefits versus the risks.

Hospitalisations

This visual representation of the risk of getting blood clots versus the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations prevented by the vaccine makes it easier to do the risk-benefit analysis.

It is pretty obvious, that the benefits easily outweigh the risks at all age groups, when it comes to preventing hospitalisations.

ICU Admissions

When it comes to preventing ICU admissions (severe COVID-19 cases), the data shows that the benefits far outweigh the risks for all age groups.

Deaths

And this is arguably, the most important criteria – preventing deaths. In this case, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks for 40 years and above.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

What are the risks of getting a dangerous blood clot from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and just how safe is it?

Let’s take a look at what the latest findings show!

 

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

The AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine against COVID-19.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Safety Concern : Blood Clot Risk

Scientists are now quite certain that the AstraZeneca as well as Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines can induce a very rare side effect called Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) or Vaccine-induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT)

In a very small number of cases, these vaccines could cause the immune system to create anti-PF4 (Anti-Platelet Factor 4) antibodies, which attack the platelets, causing them to clump together and blood clots to form.

What Are The Symptoms?

Patients who develop these blood clots will complain of these symptoms 4 to 30 days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine :

  • Severe headache that
    – does not improve with simple painkillers
    – gets worse when lying down
  • Neurological changes
    – blurred vision
    – speech difficulties
    – drowsiness
    – seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Back pain or back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Petechiae (tiny blood spots under the skin)
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

What Causes These Antibodies To Form?

There were concerns that this may be a cross-reaction to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. After all, SARS-CoV-2 infections also cause blood clots.

However, this pre-print study concluded that the antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike protein do NOT cross-react with platelet factor 4.

Therefore, it seems likely that the adenovirus vectors used in both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be the trigger for this reaction.

After all, other vaccines that target the same SARS-CoV-2 spike protein – like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – do not have this risk.

Who Is Most At Risk?

Based on the initial case reports of just 5 cases, it happens mostly in women below 60 years of age, with a time-to-onset of 2 weeks or less following vaccination.

But exactly how common is this blood clot risk?

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : TLDR Summary

While it is important to recognise that the AstraZeneca vaccine increases the risk of thrombotic thrombocytopenia, it is also important to recognise that the risk is very small.

In fact, the risk of developing blood clots is much higher in COVID-19 patients – up to 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

As you can tell, the risk of getting thrombotic thrombocytopenia is exceedingly small.

Should you get the AstraZeneca vaccine?

The rule of thumb for now seems to be thus :

  • in countries with high incidence rates (over 1%) – you should definitely get it.
  • in countries with moderate incidence rates (~0.5%) – people 30 years or older should get it, unless there is another alternative vaccine.
  • in countries with low incidence rate (< 0.01%) – people 60 years or older should get it.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

 

Some Countries Limit AstraZeneca Vaccine To 60 Years + Older

You may have noticed that many countries like Germany, Ireland and Italy are recommending that the AstraZeneca vaccine be used for people who are 60 years or older.

This is because the initial CHMP assessment report (see below) showed that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks for the age groups of 60 years and above in the worst case scenario.

Hence, out of an abundance of caution and because they have alternative vaccines, they are limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people who are 60 years and older.

This assessment was based on a very low incidence rate – just 55 people infected out of 100,000 people, so it is not reflective of the real world situation in many countries.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : By Age

On 23 April, the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) released their Assessment Report on the blood clot risk of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine.

Due to the low number of reported cases, they could not identify risk factors for TTS (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia) associated with the vaccine, and “it was not possible to further stratify risk by sex“.

Based on just 142 reported cases, they were able to calculate the interim risk by age.

The age groups at greatest risks seem clear-cut :

  • 40-49 years old : 0.0021%
  • 20-29 years old : 0.0019%
  • 30-39 years old : 0.0018%

We should point out that that’s the risk of developing blood clots with low platelet counts. It is NOT the risk of dying from the blood clots.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : Worst Case Scenario

CHMP analysed the risk of blood clots versus the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in high, medium and low exposure situations.

Let’s look at the WORST CASE SCENARIO, by looking only at the low exposure situation.

Hospitalisations

This visual representation of the risk of getting blood clots versus the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations prevented by the vaccine makes it easier to do the risk-benefit analysis.

It is pretty obvious, that the benefits easily outweigh the risks for 50 years and above, when it comes to preventing hospitalisations.

ICU Admissions

When it comes to preventing ICU admissions (severe COVID-19 cases), the data shows that the benefits far outweigh the risks for 60 years and above.

Deaths

And this is arguably, the most important criteria – preventing deaths. Similarly like with ICU admissions, the benefits far outweigh the risks for 60 years and above.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : High Risk Scenario

While the low COVID-19 exposure risk assessment is great for a “worst case scenario”, it is not representative of the real world situation.

In particular, Malaysia right now has a COVID-19 incidence rate (attack rate) of about 1.3%. So let’s take a look at the CHMP’s high exposure scenario.

Hospitalisations

This visual representation of the risk of getting blood clots versus the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations prevented by the vaccine makes it easier to do the risk-benefit analysis.

It is pretty obvious, that the benefits easily outweigh the risks at all age groups, when it comes to preventing hospitalisations.

ICU Admissions

When it comes to preventing ICU admissions (severe COVID-19 cases), the data shows that the benefits far outweigh the risks for all age groups.

Deaths

And this is arguably, the most important criteria – preventing deaths. In this case, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks for 40 years and above.

 

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vivo Virtual RAM For V21, V21e, X60 : How Does It Work?

The vivo V21 series and X60 smartphones now support Virtual RAM / Extended RAM technology!

But what exactly is vivo Virtual RAM, and how does it work?

 

vivo Virtual RAM : How Does It Work?

First introduced in the vivo V21 series, vivo Virtual RAM is basically virtual memory that computers have been using for decades.

When our computers begin to run out of memory, it can use some of our HDD / SDD storage as virtual memory.

While storage speeds are many times slower than RAM speed, this is better than running out of memory, which would cause the app to stop working, or worse, crash the operating system.

vivo Virtual RAM uses the same concept – it utilises 3 GB of the smartphone’s internal storage as virtual memory.

This effectively gives the operating system and apps more memory to use. If your vivo smartphone has 8 GB of RAM, then Virtual RAM expands that to 11 GB.

To improve performance, vivo also borrowed the PC virtual memory technique of swapping out inactive apps into the extended RAM space, so active apps have access to the much faster RAM.

The Virtual RAM technology was introduced in the V21 series, and will soon be added to their flagship X60 smartphone.

 

vivo Virtual RAM : How Useful Is It?

That really depends on how you use your smartphone.

If you only use a few apps at the same time, you will probably never run out of memory.

vivo smartphones now come with a lot of memory – 8 GB, and even games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

But if you use many apps simultaneously, or switch between them often, this could help prevent slow loading.

According to vivo, turning on Virtual RAM on an 8 GB smartphone will allow you to cache up to 20 background apps simultaneously.

 

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Was Pragya Mishra Killed Over COVID-19 Comments?

Was Indian journalist, Pragya Mishra, murdered in broad daylight after criticising the Kumbh Mela festival for causing the catastrophic COVID-19 surge?

Find out what the viral video of her murder showed, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Pragya Mishra Killed In Broad Daylight Over COVID-19 Comments!

Two videos and a photo are going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Indian journalist Pragya Mishra was killed in broad daylight after she criticised the recent Kumbh Mela festival in India for causing the catastrophic surge in COVID-19.

The first video showed the news segment in which Pragya Mishra talked about the Kumbh Mela and the COVID-19 tsunami.

The second video was CCTV footage showing a woman getting stabbed by a man in broad daylight.

The videos are accompanied by one or two pictures showing the woman lying in a pool of blood, with one of these messages :

An Indian broadcaster who spoke against unhealthy Hindu gatherings and the spread of Corona disease was assassinated publicly.

Pragya mishra murdered in broad daylight

Because she was talking in news about kumbh mela in the era of cornavirus

 

No! Pragya Mishra Was NOT Killed Over COVID-19 Comments!

This is yet another COVID-19 related hoax. Pragya Mishra is alive and well.

It has been suggested that the fake news was created as a kind of warning to Pragya Mishra –  watch what you are saying about Hindus and the Kumbh Mela, or else…

That is something we cannot prove, but here are the facts that we can prove…

Fact #1 : Pragya Mishra Is Alive And Well

These videos and photos first circulated on or just before 18 April 2021.

At that time, Pragya Mishra was at home because of “COVID-19 protocols”. When she was informed about the videos and photos, she tweeted that she was safe.

As of 30 April 2021, she’s still active on her Twitter account, @PragyaLive.

Fact #2 : Second Video Was Of A Real Murder

Unfortunately, the second video is genuine, and shows the murder of a real woman on 10 April 2021.

It was not Pragya Mishra, but a 26 year-old lady called Neelu Mehta, who worked at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

She was stabbed and murdered in broad daylight by her husband, Harish Mehta, an employee of the Marriage Bureau.

Allegedly, he suspected his newly-wed wife of eight months of infidelity, and stabbed her to death. Even after she died, he continued stabbing her.

Sadly, no one intervened or tried to help her.

 

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Are Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain?

Are mamak and nasi kandar restaurants spreading the Indian COVID-19 strain?

Find out what people are sharing on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!

This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.

There are two versions – one in Bahasa Malaysia, and one in English.

PERINGATAN KOD MERAH KEPADA SELURUH MALAYSIA

Menjauhkan diri dari kedai Mamak, nasi kandar dań semua restaurant india yang mengambil pekerja india dari india untuk sementara waktu, sekumpulan covid baru di Kuala Lumpur berpotensi merebak ke seluruh negara.

Genom G64 covid 19 dari india dan mesir adalah virus penyebar super. Tiada ada vaksin atau rawatan yang sesuai untuk virus ini sekurang-kurangnya hinge 2023. Strategi melarikan diri dari virus ini tidak dapat dilakukan pada masa ini.

CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN

Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi bandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.

Genom G64 covid 19 from india and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.

 

NO! Mamak Restaurants Are NOT Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!

The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake

Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.

He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.

However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.

It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.

In any case, MalaysiaKini labelled the message as FAKE on 27 August 2020.

Malaysiakini would like to warn its readers that one of the news portal’s articles regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is being used to spread a fake message via WhatsApp.

The WhatsApp message uses this genuine link and attaches fake news with a xenophobic message and fake science.

Fact #2 : There Is No G64 COVID-19 Strain

There is no such thing as a G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At that time, the concern was over the D614G strain that was detected in the Sivagangga Cluster, which originated from India.

The D614G strain is more infectious than the original strain, but is not more dangerous.

This fake news is spreading again in April 2021, because there is a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases in India; and they found a new variant with double mutations – both L452R and E484Q mutations.

However, this new variant is not linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. That was due to the Indian government allowing massive political rallies and the giant Kumbh Mela festival to proceed.

Fact #3 : There Are Now Vaccines!

We have to point this out, because this viral message is still spreading, and people actually believe that there is no vaccine for this (fake) G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved, and administered worldwide. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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Fact Check : G64 COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt?

Is there a new G64 super spreading COVID-19 strain from India and Egypt?

Find out what’s been said about this G64 super spreader strain, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : G64 Super Spreader COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt!

This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.

CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN

Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi bandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.

Genom G64 covid 19 from india and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.

 

G64 COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt? Bullshit!

The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake

Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.

He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.

However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.

It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.

In any case, MalaysiaKini labelled the message as FAKE on 27 August 2020.

Malaysiakini would like to warn its readers that one of the news portal’s articles regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is being used to spread a fake message via WhatsApp.

The WhatsApp message uses this genuine link and attaches fake news with a xenophobic message and fake science.

Fact #2 : There Is No G64 COVID-19 Strain

There is no such thing as a G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At that time, the concern was over the D614G strain that was detected in the Sivagangga Cluster, which originated from India.

The D614G strain is more infectious than the original strain, but is not more dangerous.

This fake news is spreading again in April 2021, because there is a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases in India; and they found a new variant with double mutations – both L452R and E484Q mutations.

However, this new variant is not linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. That was due to the Indian government allowing massive political rallies and the giant Kumbh Mela festival to proceed.

Fact #3 : There Are Now Vaccines!

We have to point this out, because this viral message is still spreading, and people actually believe that there is no vaccine for this (fake) G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved, and administered worldwide. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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Fact Check : Singapore Doctor’s Advice On COVID Vaccination

Let’s take a look at the viral message about a Singapore doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Singapore Doctor’s Advice On COVID Vaccination?

This is the message about a Singapore doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination that has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Got this from Singapore:

Before you guys go for Covid vaccination injection, please have a proper meal. Do not go with an empty stomach.

Have a cup (250cc) of warm water too. These will greatly reduce the discomforts,side effects arising from the injection. After vaccination, while resting, have another cup (250cc) of warm or room temperature water.

Remember, do not drink cold drinks before or after injection. This procedure is especially important for the 2nd injection as the discomforts, side effects are relatively more compared to the 1st injection.

Pass this message to your family members and friends.
Stay safe.

After vaccine, Singapore Doctor advised the following:

1. No walking / exercise for next 5 days. Take proper rest at home.

2. The vaccination will have its proper effect after 2 weeks post the second dose, so do not start behaving carefree and start roaming around. So be extremely careful and possibly stay at home till 2 weeks are over post the second dose.

3. There will be slight fever post vaccination, but if the fever persists till 3rd day…then get him to hospital.

I am not sure whether most senior citizens would be aware of these post vaccination dos and don’ts (like take rest and don’t exercise). So sharing this for the benefit of the senior citizens who got vaccinated.

 

Singapore Doctor’s Advice On COVID Vaccination : More Viral BS

First of all, just because a viral message says that the advice was given by a Singaporean doctor does not mean :

a) it was actually given by a doctor in Singapore.

b) it must be true because a Singapore doctor said so.

The truth is – this is yet another piece of viral fake news circulating on WhatsApp. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Have A Meal Before Getting Vaccinated

Frankly, having a meal before getting any vaccination is NOT necessary.

Did you ever bother to have a meal before the many other vaccinations in the past? So why should we have a meal before getting vaccinated against COVID-19?

This advice though is now necessary because of the fear and anxiety that has permeated COVID-19 vaccinations.

Having a meal before vaccination can help avoid fainting after vaccination – what’s known as a vasovagal syncope.

You may recall the American nurse who fainted after her vaccination and declared dead by antivaxxers? She had a vasovagal syncope.

You do not have to have a full or large meal. Just a snack would do. Eat something that brings you comfort, which would relieve any anxiety you may feel.

Recommended : Did This Nurse Faint After Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Fact #2 : Drinking Water Does Not Prevent Postvaccination Syncope

Now, a 2017 study showed that even drinking 250 ml or 500 ml of water before vaccination did NOT reduce the risk of presyncope (feeling lightheaded / dizzy) or syncope (fainting).

So the Singapore doctor’s advice to drink 250 ml of water before COVID-19 vaccination is not based on evidence. Neither is the advice to drink another 250 ml of water after vaccination.

That said, it is important to stay hydrated before and after vaccination, because dehydration can exacerbate any side effect you may experience.

You do not have to drink any specific amount of water. Just drink enough water to feel refreshed and hydrated.

Fact #3 : Water Is Water, Cold Or Not

The advice not to drink cold water is nonsensical. Water is water, whether it’s cold, room temperature or warm.

The temperature of the water that we consume is “normalised” to our internal body temperature once it reaches our stomach.

So it really does not matter whether you have a cool drink on a hot day, or a warm drink on a cold day, before you get vaccinated.

Fact #4 : Don’t Leave After Vaccination

Vasovagal syncope itself is not dangerous, but you can get injured if it happens while you are standing or walking.

Certain COVID-19 vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, can trigger a severe allergic reaction in very rare cases.

That’s why it is important that you do NOT leave right after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

You will be asked to stay in an observation room for 15-30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

If you are feeling particularly anxious or worried about the vaccine, you can stay a little longer.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong getting his COVID-19 vaccination

Fact #5 : Side Effects More Common With Second Dose

The second dose of a vaccine will generally produce more side effects, but that does not mean it’s more dangerous.

The first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so your body can learn how to make antibodies against it.

The second dose basically gives your immune system a kick, telling it, “This is not a one-time infection. It’s dangerous!

It triggers memory B cells to remember the SARS-CoV-2 antigen, and a more robust response by the immune system.

It is this heightened immune response that produces the side effects – fever, headache, fatigue, etc.

This is how our immune system learns to protect us from COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Call The Hospital First About Side Effects

The advice to head to the hospital if your post-vaccination fever persists beyond two days is nonsensical.

We all have different immune responses to the vaccine, so you don’t have to worry if you only have a mild fever even if it persists to the third day.

If you are worried about any side effect, contact the health authorities or the hospital first.

Let them advise you on what to do, whether they should send an ambulance or you should continue to monitor your condition at home.

DO NOT just go to the hospital by yourself, as the Singapore doctor advised.

You could expose yourself to COVID-19 from people who are seeking treatment but unaware that they are positive for COVID-19.

Fact #6 : You Can Carry On With Your Life After Vaccination

Let me be clear – you were just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime.

There is no need to refrain from walking or exercise for 5 days, as this Singapore doctor advises.

If healthcare workers who were vaccinated can carry on with their daily work, you too can carry on with your life after your COVID-19 vaccination.

Recommended : Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Fact #7 : You Must Continue To Take COVID-19 Precautions

Even after you receive the second dose, you must continue to take COVID-19 precautions.

The Singapore doctor is correct that generally, you will only get maximum protection from the vaccine about two weeks after the second dose.

This varies with the vaccine, of course, but the point is – it takes time for your immune system to boost its response to the vaccine.

So you must continue to take COVID-19 vaccine precautions even after you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #8 : We Must Take Precautions Until Herd Immunity Achieved

Vaccines are like training boot camps for our immune system, teaching it how to identify and fight against pathogens.

And while your immune system may be trained against COVID-19, it doesn’t mean it will always win the battle. That’s why people are so obsessed with vaccine efficacy rates.

So you could still get infected after being fully vaccinated. This is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The good news is even if it happens to you – it will generally be a much milder disease, and you will likely not need to get hospitalised.

Breakthrough infections happen because there is no herd immunity. So we must continue to take COVID-19 precautions until we achieve herd immunity.

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 28 April 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest COVID-19 vaccine plan for Malaysia, as announced by the Ministry of Health.

We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Five Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase five vaccines in 2021 :

That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 37.85 million people – roughly 118% of the adult population in Malaysia.

This does not mean that there are excess vaccine doses, because Malaysia has also committed to vaccinating foreign residents in Malaysia.

And there will come a time when children may also be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

Registration for dependents, including domestic helpers (maids), started on 19 March 2021.

Manual registration at private and public clinics, as well as health offices, started on 5 April 2021.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Phase 2 In Progress!

The Phase 2 public vaccination against COVID-19 kicked off for 8 states on 19 April 2021 :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states started public vaccinations a few days later, for both citizens and foreigners.

This Phase 2 vaccination will involve both the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines. On 12 April 2021, JKJAV approved the Sinovac vaccine for use in people aged 60 years and above.

Those selected will be notified by MySejahtera and/or SMS, and given 48 hours to accept their appointments, failing which they will be rescheduled.

You can now check your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and status online using the JKJAV Vaccine Appointment Checker (English / Bahasa Malaysia).

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How To Vaccinate With Your Family On Same Day

The government allows spouses and families to vaccinate on the same day.

All you have to do is call 1800-888-828 to make that request, once you receive the first appointment.

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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : What’s The Process?

On the day of your COVID-19 vaccination, please go through this “checklist” before heading to the vaccination centre :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal and drink water.
  3. Make sure you do not have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
  4. Bring your smartphone with MySejahtera installed, and your identification – MyKad or passport.
  5. If you have medications for your pre-existing conditions, please bring them too.
  6. Make sure you wear a face mask when you leave your house.

The COVID-19 vaccination process is very easy, as this video demonstrates.

But if you are worried, you can check out our detailed step-by-step explanation of the vaccination process.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Now Optional!

Due to bad publicity and viral fake news on social media, the government took the AstraZeneca vaccine off the mainstream vaccination programme.

It will not be used in current COVID-19 vaccination centres.

Instead, the AstraZeneca vaccine is be made available only at special vaccination centres, to anyone aged 18 or older who wishes to accept it voluntarily.

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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera

MySejahtera now allows you to report side effects, but the option isn’t readily apparent.

So here’s our video guide on how to report vaccine effects in MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the report, to correct for mistakes or update it.

For a pictorial guide, see our article How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

Those who successfully completed their COVID-19 vaccination will receive :

  • an electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera
  • a physical My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund : Up To RM500K!

Officially called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vakin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), this COVID-19 vaccine injury fund will pay out :

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

It will receive an initial funding of RM 10 million (US$2.5 million) under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

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Private COVID-19 Vaccines : Free + Paid Options Coming!

The vaccines are currently administered at 600 locations across the country, that consist of :

  • Ministry of Health healthcare facilities
  • Ministry of Defence facilities
  • University hospitals

On 29 March 2021, Malaysia announced that the free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at private clinics and hospitals starting 19 April 2021.

As of 12 April 2021, over 2300 private clinics have registered to take part in the vaccination programme. The 203 private hospitals in Malaysia could follow suit.

Private hospitals could be allowed to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines in Q3 or Q4 2021.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

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Phase 2 : 19 April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

This phase kicks off on 19 April 2021, with eligible recipients being notified as early as 5 April 2021.

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For ALL Citizens + Foreign Residents

The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.

Registration for domestic helpers (maids) started on 19 March 2021.

On top of that, vulnerable foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Malaysia : Both Doses Reserved

On 13 February 2021, Dr. Kalaiarasu Periasamy, the Director of the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) announced the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s “One Dose Injected, One Dose Reserved” strategy.

Two doses will be reserved for each person, with the second dose administered 21 days after the first dose, as recommended by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The second dose for the Sinovac vaccine will be administered 14 days after the first dose.

When you arrive to a vaccination centre, you will be registered for both doses. You will be given a vaccination card, and registered in the MySejahtera app as well.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Path To 80% Coverage

Malaysia originally aimed to achieve vaccination coverage of 82.8% of the adult population, approximately 26.5 million people.

But in their 5 February 2021 update, the Ministry of Health now aim to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This is what the COVID-19 vaccine supply will be like for the adult population in Malaysia :

  • 46.4% will receive the COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 34.9% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
  • 9.3% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 9.3% will receive the Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for poor optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :

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Revision History

2021-04-28 : Vaccination process, joint vaccinations, AstraZeneca vaccine, other changes

2021-04-14 : Phase 2 vaccination updates, side effect reporting, vaccination appointments, private clinics + hospitals
2021-04-06 : Details of CanSino Convidecia vaccine. Manual registration at private and public clinics.
2021-03-30 : Phase 2 details, free + paid vaccines at private clinics and hospitals.
2021-03-25 : New vaccine purchases, vaccine injury fund, domestic helper registration.
2021-03-18 : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge, dependent registration.
2021-02-12 : 5 ways to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination programme
2021-02-05 : KKM’s plan to immunise 25.6 million people in Malaysia.
2021-01-28 : CoronaVac and Sputnik V vaccine purchase.
2021-01-12 : Added the additional purchase of the Pfizer vaccine.
Originally posted @ 2020-12-31

 

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Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Do They Work Against COVID-19?

Dr Clo sterilisation sticks from South Korea are being marketed as a way to prevent COVID-19.

Let’s take a look at their claims, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Chlorine Dioxide Sanitisers

Dr Clo disinfectant sticks, also known as Dr Clo sterilisation sticks, were developed by NON Corporation from South Korea.

Originally sold as a sanitising deodorant, it started being marketed as 99.9% effective against the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2.

That brought them a lot of attention, and many of our readers asked us to fact-check their claims. That was the basis of our original fact check.

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Claims Removed

Dr Clo Malaysia recently reached out to us, and explained that they made mistakes in their marketing materials.

Those mistakes have been corrected based on what I addressed in my original article, removing these claims :

  • 99.9% effective against COVID-19
  • Tested, verified and approved by US FDA
  • Disinfects a space of up to 16 feet in radius

However, Dr Clo Philippines continues to make the claims above, so we will address them below as well.

They also shared new test reports from Korea, to prove that Dr Clo is both safe and effective.

I would like to thank Mr. Ng Lyp Hau, the Director of Dr Clo Malaysia, for sharing the new information with us.

Let’s check out what’s changed and what’s new with Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks!

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : TLDR Summary

Here is a quick summary on Dr Clo disinfectant sticks :

  1. They are registered with the US FDA as a general purpose sanitiser.
  2. Class I refers to the low risk devices, not the quality or efficacy of the product.
  3. They were registered as 510(K) exempt from proving safety or efficacy, so they were not tested or approved by the US FDA.
  4. The KR Biotech lab test only proves that an aqueous chlorine dioxide solution can kill SARS-CoV-2 virus, not the actual chlorine dioxide gas released by the disinfectant sticks.
  5. The Seoul National University lab test showed that the chlorine dioxide gas they release inside a small sealed chamber can reduce SARS-CoV-2 virus load completely in one hour, .
  6. Their internal test shows that they emit between 0.01 and 0.02 ppm of chlorine dioxide, below the NIOSH / OSHA limit of 0.1 ppm for 8 hours.

There does not appear to be enough evidence to prove that the Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks can protect you against COVID-19, and I’m glad to note that they have mostly removed this claim.

Happily, they also shared some evidence that the chlorine dioxide gas released is below the NIOSH / OSHA limit.

If you wish to purchase these sanitising deodorant sticks, you can do so at the official Dr Clo store.

Make sure you buy the original ones, because at least we know that they emit low levels of ClO2 gas.

 

Dr Clo Warning : Do NOT Hang It On Your Body!

According to the Dr Clo’s FAQ 2.0 (posted March 2021), Dr Clo is not meant for users to hand on their bodies. The correct way to use it is to place it indoors.

Yet many of Dr Clo influencers love showing how easy it is to strap it around their necks.

 

Dr Clo Disinfectant Sticks : Do They Work Against COVID-19?

Dr Clo made a number of claims about their disinfectant sticks, including being over 99.9% effective against the COVID-19 virus.

Let’s examine each claim, and see what the FACTS really are!

Claim #1 : Dr Clo Is US FDA Approved / Tested / Verified
Verdict : Registered, But Not Tested, Verified Or Approved

When we first fact-checked their claims, Dr Clo’s Facebook posts claimed that their sanitisation sticks were tested, verified and approved by the US FDA.

Dr Clo told us that it was a mistake, and they removed all references to US FDA approval, verification or testing.

However, a quick check revealed that at least their subsidiary in the Philippines continues to make this claim (here, here, here), as well as the Dr Clo official store.

So let us make it very clear – Dr Clo disinfectant sticks were NOT TESTED , NOT VERIFIED and NOT APPROVED by the US FDA.

Dr Clo was only registered as a 510(K) exempt general purpose disinfectant, with the Registered Establishment Number of 3013383068.

With the exception of certain reserved devices, the US FDA does NOT require Class I products to even prove that they are safe and effective.

As a 501(K) exempt device, “a premarket notification application and FDA clearance is not required before marketing the device“.

The US FDA only requires the manufacturer “to register their establishment“, which was what Dr Clo did.

Therefore, Dr Clo disinfectant sticks were registered, but not tested, verified or approved by the US FDA.

Claim #2 : Dr Clo Is Class 1 Medical Device
Verdict : Correct, Because It Doesn’t Require FDA Approval

Most people will assume that Class 1 products are superior to Class 2 or Class 3 products. That’s not true.

Dr Clo is a Class 1 product because it’s just a disinfectant, and therefore, does not require FDA testing or approval!

Class 1 products are those that are the least likely to pose a risk to our safety. Hence they generally do not require testing or approval by the US FDA. Examples of Class 1 products include :

  • Toothbrush – manual or electric
  • Tongue depressor
  • Bandages
  • Disinfectants

Class 2 products are those that pose more risk because they come into contact with your internal organs, or are diagnostic tools, etc. Examples of Class 2 products include :

  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Pregnancy test kits
  • Syringes
  • Surgical gloves
  • Contact lenses

Class 3 products are those that either sustain / support life, are implanted, or could potentially pose risk of injury. Examples of Class 3 products include :

  • Breast implants
  • Pacemakers
  • Cochlear implants
  • Ventilation machines

Claim #3 : Dr Clo Is Medical Grade / Hospital Grade Disinfectant
Verdict : Not Until They Are US EPA Certified

Dr Clo claims that their disinfectant sticks are Hospital / Medical Grade Disinfectants. That would true, if their disinfectant sticks are registered with the US EPA.

This is important because hospital-grade disinfectants are certified based on DIS/TSS-1 Jan 22, 1982 EFFICACY DATA REQUIREMENTS Disinfectants for Use on Hard Surfaces.

At the very minimum, a hospital-grade disinfectant must be tested against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, and their efficacy approved by the US EPA.

As per Dr Clo’s FAQ 2.0 (posted March 2021), their disinfectant sticks are not registered with the US EPA.

Claim #4 : Dr Clo Was Certified Effective Against COVID-19 Virus
Verdict : Only In Labs, Using Solution / Sealed Chamber

Konkuk University : Using Solution

In December 2020, NON Corporation announced that their Dr Clo disinfectant sticks were proven to be 99.9% effective against SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus.

This was based on a laboratory test conducted by KR Biotech Co. Ltd under the Institute of Infectious Disease Control of Konkuk University.

In that test, KR Biotech dissolved an entire Dr Clo disinfectant stick in 100 ml of warm water for 24 hours, to create an aqueous chlorine dioxide solution.

That concentrated chlorine dioxide solution reduced the SARS-CoV-2 virus titre (amount of virus) by 99.93% after just 30 seconds.

However, the actual Dr Clo disinfectant stick works by releasing small amounts of chlorine dioxide gas over 50 days, so the laboratory test was completely pointless.

The KR Biotech test results do not prove that the chlorine dioxide gas from Dr Clo disinfectant sticks can actually destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air, much less prevent you from getting infected.

Lots of things can kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including ordinary soap! But that does not mean these substances can effectively kill SARS-CoV-2, or prevent an infection, when dispersed into the air.

Seoul National University : Using Sealed Chamber

A month after we published our fact check on 3 February 2021, NON had Professor Cho Nam Hyuk from the Seoul National University test the efficacy of their Dr Clo sanitisation stick against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In that test, Professor Cho used a sealed chamber measuring 25 centimetres on each side, with a cubic capacity of 15.625 litres.

He ran two tests – one with a Dr Clo disinfectant stick attached to the top of the sealed chamber, and one without.

At first glance, the results are impressive, showing a steady drop of plaque-forming units (p.f.u.) with the Dr Clo disinfectant stick active in the sealed chamber.

After one hour, no more SARS-CoV-2 p.f.u. could be detected.

However, I have to point out a few troubling points about this study :

A. The sealed chamber is very small – measuring just 25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm.

It would not be an accurate reflection of the real world discharge of the Dr Clo disinfectant stick, which promises a protective radius of 16 feet (4.88 metres).

The sealed chamber has a cubic capacity of 0.01562 m³ – much smaller than the rated protective volume of 17,157 cubic feet or 486 m³.

B. The Dr Clo disinfectant stick appeared to be activated for 16 hours, prior to the test.

That would have led to a very significant accumulation of chlorine dioxide within the sealed air chamber.

If true, it would not be an accurate reflection of the real world concentration of chlorine dioxide released by the Dr Clo disinfectant stick.

C. It took about 252 seconds for the chlorine dioxide gas to reduce the virus load in the air chamber by half.

While better than the baseline of 11 minutes, 4 minutes is still a long time because SARS-CoV-2 is a highly-contagious virus that infects in SECONDS.

A normal person takes about 12 to 20 breaths a minute. That’s an average of 67 breaths in the 4 minutes 12 seconds it takes for the chlorine dioxide gas to cut the viral load by half.

It does not appear that the chlorine dioxide gas from the Dr Clo disinfectant stick can destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus fast enough to matter.

Claim #5 : Dr Clo Passed EU REACH SVHC Test
Verdict : Absolutely, Chlorine Dioxide Is Not Even In The List

To prove that Dr Clo is safe, NON Corporation had it tested by the Korea Testing and Research Institute (KTR) for toxins and carcinogens.

What KTR did was test the Dr Clo disinfectant sticks against the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

This is a red herring because the SVHC is a list of chemicals that are “carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction“. In other words, it is limited to chemicals that could cause cancer.

Just because a chemical is not in that list, does NOT mean it is safe to breathe in.

In fact, the same ECHA warns that chlorine dioxide is dangerous, and can be fatal if inhaled, is toxic if swallowed, and can cause severe skin burns and eye damage.

The ECHA dossier for chlorine dioxide gas lists its LC50 (lethal concentration over 4 hours) at 32 ppm. In other words, it is considered a “very toxic” gas at 32 ppm.

The US FDA has also warned about the dangers of chloride dioxide, calling it “a powerful bleaching agent that has caused serious and potentially life-threatening side effects“.

But of course, it all boils down to the dose. After all, even oxygen and water can be toxic at high doses.

Claim #6 : Dr Clo Emits 0.01-0.02 ppm ClO2 – 10X Safer Than WHO Guidelines
Verdict : Not Quite, But Should Be Safe

WHO does not actually have guidelines for ClO2 gas limits. However, both NIOSH and OSHA in the United States set ClO2 exposure limits at 0.1 ppm (up to 8 hours).

Dr Clo shared with us a document on their internal measurement of chlorine dioxide, showing ClO2 readings of 0.01 ppm and 0.02 ppm.

That would certainly make it safe to breathe in, albeit not quite “10X safer”, because the NIOSH and OSHA exposure limits are based on an 8-hour work session.

While we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of their internal test, it would be good if Dr Clo can verify it with an independent test that they can release publicly.

It would also be good for Dr Clo to share with us the concentration of ClO2 gas over time inside a sealed gas chamber.

This would assure the public that there won’t be a dangerous build-up of chlorine dioxide gas inside their car, home or even the refrigerator.

 

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Health Advocates Against Pfizer mRNA Vaccine : A Fact Check

According to health advocates backed by PPIM, PATRIOT, AHM Group and GNI, we need to stop using the Pfizer vaccine right away!

Let’s take a look at their claims, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Health Advocates Against Pfizer mRNA Vaccine : A Fact Check

Writers calling themselves Health Advocates penned a letter that appears to be gaining traction on WhatsApp, after being posted on two websites.

Let’s go through the various claims on the Pfizer vaccine, and see what the facts really are!

PFIZER is probably the worst serial corporate criminal in the world, considering the several published news reports on Pfizer’s involvement in fraud, bribery, corruption and illegal tests on children.

Can we trust such a corrupt company on the safety of their experimental mRNA chemical vaccine when their own top management have refused to take it so far?

We will not comment on legal claims, which are the purview of the courts.

But it is categorically false that Pfizer’s top management refused to take their mRNA vaccine so far.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid February 2021, and his second shot on 10 March 2021.

Yet, we are the only hot-weather developing country in the world to have ordered this very temperature sensitive chemical vaccine.

Seriously? Never heard of the country called Singapore, just south of Johor Bahru? Yes, Singapore is still considered as a developing country (according to WTO).

How about Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE and even Saudi Arabia in the Middle East?

The ultra-low temperature storage requirement is troublesome all over the world. It requires special ultra-low temperature freezers like these.

But if you have them, it really doesn’t matter if you are in the tropics or the North Pole.

Total order so far of 32 million doses (for half the population) of highly risky (as stated by the US Govt NIH website), ineffective (in preventing COVID-19 infection and transmission as it has been proven now) & possibly very harmful chemical vaccine.

The US NIH did NOT call the Pfizer vaccine as “highly risky” or “ineffective” or “possibly very harmful”.

In his 9 March 2021 post on the Pfizer vaccine, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins noted that the real world study showed that “the vaccine works remarkably well” and offered “essentially the same very high level of protection that was seen in the data gathered in the earlier U.S. clinical trial“.

Why does the US Govt National Institutes of Health (NIH), after stating that synthetic mRNA is gene therapy, said that this approach can have “very serious health risks such as toxicity, inflammation, and cancer”?

The US National Institutes of Health did NOT label the mRNA vaccine as “gene therapy”.

It would not be possible to modify our genes using mRNA technology because mRNA cannot enter the cell nucleus, and therefore cannot modify our DNA.

In his 16 March 2021 post on the CRISPR-based anti-viral therapy for HIV and COVID-19, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins wrote about a team that used mRNA technology to create a bacterial enzyme called Cas13a that is capable of “cutting up” the viral RNA, stopping the infection.

In that article, he also pointed out that “Because mRNA doesn’t enter the cell’s nucleus, it doesn’t interact with DNA and raise potential concerns about causing unwanted genetic changes.

Our procurement for vaccines should not be political but based on merit, especially safety. But we should be mindful about the principles of justice, ethics and human rights.

Indeed, it should be based on merit and safety. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was the first out with its Phase 3 trial results.

Based on its excellent safety and efficacy results, it was the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive an Emergency Utilisation Authority from the US FDA.

Our procurement must also not go against our policies to oppose Zionism (we do not recognize the state of Israel) and the oppression of the Palestinian people in Israel and the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.

Didn’t you just say that vaccine procurement should not be political?

Even so, how is buying the Pfizer vaccine related to Zionism, or the oppression of the Palestinian people?

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is a prominent Greek Jew and there is nothing wrong in being a Jew.

On Jan 15, 2021, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, announced that it would award an honorary doctorate to Albert Bourla. No problem with that.

But instead of rejecting the offer, Albert Bourla immediately responded that “I am moved by the news and honored to receive a degree from such an important and historical institution as the Technion. In my youth, I considered studying at Technion; this is an emotional closure for me”.

Wow, such passionate support for Technion.

So you have no problem with Albert Bourla being a Jew or receiving an honorary doctorate, but you have a problem with the fact he didn’t reject the honorary doctorate that you just said you had no problem with?

Wow.. such logic. Such impeccable logic.

How can the government justify such a huge order (largest order for our country so far, for any vaccine) for such a risky experimental vaccine from such a corrupt corporation (Pfizer)?

The same reasons why Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE and even Saudi Arabia had no issue purchasing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine has been proven to be very safe and efficacious.
  2. They were able to handle its ultra-low temperature storage issues.
  3. Pfizer is a public-listed American company, not an Israeli company.

Incidentally, Pfizer is merely the US manufacturing partner for BioNTech – the German company that actually created the vaccine. In China, BioNTech is working  with Fosun Pharma to make the vaccine.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the mRNA technology it’s based on were actually created by Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci – Germans of Turkish descent!

 

To Health Advocates Against Pfizer Vaccine : Put People’s Lives First

I agree with you completely that vaccine procurement should not be political, but based on merit and safety.

Scientifically, the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine has been proven to be both safe and effective. Period.

LET US PUT PEOPLE’S LIVES FIRST. We need to vaccinate everyone as quickly as possible – the COVID-19 pandemic has already killed more than 3 million people globally!

 

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Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

Many people are sharing the fact that you can reject the COVID-19 vaccine you are offered.

Find out why people are demanding the right to reject the vaccine they’re offered, and why you should NOT do that!

 

Why Are People Demanding To Reject The Vaccine Offered?

Since public vaccinations began, people have been asking – can they reject the COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre, if they discover it’s not the vaccine they want?

Why? Because suddenly they are all medical and geopolitical experts, able to debate the nuances of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, and the impact of these vaccines on East-West supremacy.

Here are some reasons why people are demanding the right to reject the vaccine offered at COVID-19 vaccination centres :

  • I only want the American / Chinese vaccine.
  • The Pfizer / Sinovac / AstraZeneca vaccine killed people.
  • The Pfizer / Sinovac / AstraZeneca vaccine is the best!
  • You can’t trust the Chinese / Americans.
  • I want to support China / America.
  • I hate China / America.
  • Chinese vaccines are made with slave labour.
  • American vaccines are made from aborted foetuses.

 

You Can Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered

Healthcare professionals can tell you that you can reject anything you want. That includes the right to refuse medical treatment, even if it’s to save your life.

And there are many “helpful netizens” who want to help you fight for your right to do any damn thing you want.

Do u know that u cannot choose the vaccine that will be given to u on appointment day but u hv the right to ask what type of vaccine that is given on that day n u can REJECT (our right) to take the vaccine if its not the one u wanted.

On 19/4/21 I took my auntie for co.19 vac. after taking Q#, registration, screening plus other sops n @the last station b4 signing the indemnity form, I asked the person on duty to confirm the vaccine available that day. It was Pzifer. I asked her whether can reject… YES.

Please spread the news to everyone u know b4 its too late. I think 90% of d population did not know or too scared to exercise their right. Just re-register wait in the Q again for the china vac. I hv spread spread to relatives n friends but not in our group. Remember once injected can’t take out.

These are the folks egging on those standing at the ledge, “Go on! You have the right to jump! Damn those who say no to you! It’s your right! FREEDOM!

But will they take responsibility if you get killed or injured listening to their advice?

Of course, not! It was your right, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, your freedom to do what you please!

 

Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

There are no words to describe the disdain I have for those who actively encourage other people to reject the COVID-19 vaccine they are offered.

Let me explain to you why you should not listen to those IDIOTS, who are putting YOUR LIVES at risk with their uninformed opinions.

Fact #1 : The best vaccine you can get is the first vaccine you can complete!

The COVID-19 vaccine is not a cure. Think of it as a training boot camp for your immune system.

The vaccine teaches your immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and gives it the opportunity to create antibodies against the real virus.

All this takes time – several weeks at least – for your immune system to learn how to do all that from the vaccine.

That is why it is important to take the FIRST VACCINE you are offered, and COMPLETE IT.

Fact #2 : Vaccines prevent the disease, they cannot cure it

Waiting for the vaccine you prefer puts you at risk of contracting COVID-19 before you get vaccinated.

If you reject the vaccine you are offered at the vaccination centre, you get pushed to the back of the queue, and rightly so.

But in the meantime, you are at risk of contracting COVID-19, and potentially dying from it. Even worse, you are risking your family’s lives too!

If you get COVID-19 before you are vaccinated, the vaccine cannot help you. As I explained above, your immune system needs several weeks to learn how to fight off COVID-19 after you are vaccinated.

So do NOT wait. Do NOT push yourself to the back of the queue. Get the FIRST VACCINE you are offered, and COMPLETE IT!

Fact #3 : Google doctors do NOT understand vaccine efficacy

The clever Google doctors who write all those pithy advice on WhatsApp and Facebook do NOT even understand vaccine efficacy.

The real doctors and scientists who do, can only facepalm when they read online “debates” on vaccine efficacy.

Look at the difference between public perception and reality (find out how we calculate here) :

Vaccine
Efficacy
Breakthrough Rate
Perception Reality
95% 5% 0.05%
90% 10% 0.10%
85% 15% 0.15%
80% 20% 0.20%
75% 25% 0.25%

Fact #4 : All approved vaccines protect you against SEVERE disease + DEATH!

What Google doctors also do not understand is that vaccine efficacy isn’t really that important.

I prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

COVID-19 Vaccines Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

Sure, it would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to me!

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

Fact #5 : Vaccines are in limited supply worldwide

COVID-19 vaccines are in very limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

Fact #6 : Refusing the vaccine can waste it

Some vaccines – in particular, mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna – require advanced preparation due to their storage requirements.

If you choose to reject your vaccine at the vaccination centre, that dose could end up being discarded!

Are you so entitled that you believe you should have the right to waste a dose of a vaccine that is in limited supply?

You are lucky to be amongst the first offered a COVID-19 vaccine. TAKE THE VACCINE!

 

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Do Zinc, Vitamin C, Herbs + Spices Help Fight COVID-19?

Can zinc, vitamin C, herbs and spices boost your immune system to fight against COVID-19?

Take a look at the latest finger-licking claims on immunity boosters against COVID-19, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Zinc, Vitamin C, Herbs + Spices Help Fight COVID-19!

Coffeeland – which manufactures ice-blended coffee – just produced a video that is being shared on WhatsApp.

In that video, Ray Wong, their Head of Research & Development, tells viewers about minerals, herbs and spices that can boost our immune system against COVID-19.

Let’s go through his advice and see what the facts really are!

 

Zinc, Vitamin C, Herbs + Spices vs COVID-19 : The Finger Licking Facts

Here is the short version – there is currently no evidence that zinc, vitamin C, herbs and spices can help boost your immune system to fight against COVID-19.

Perhaps some of them may work. But there is simply NO EVIDENCE to prove their efficacy against COVID-19, at the moment.

Guess what has been proven to work? COVID-19 vaccines! So get vaccinated, instead of watching random videos on WhatsApp!

For those who want to learn more, please continue…

Claim #1 : Zinc Stops Virus Replication
Verdict : Not Confirmed

Ray calls zinc a very powerful mineral inside our body – the most important mineral to enhance our immune system, and it stops virus replication.

It is true that zinc is important for our immune system, but the only evidence for zinc’s effects on virus replication are a few in-vitro (lab) studies.

This one examined the inhibition of H1N1 influenza virus in dog kidney cells using zinc oxide nanoparticles, while this one shows zinc ions (Zn2+) inhibiting coronavirus and arterivirus RNA polymerase activity in African green monkey kidney cells (Vero E6).

While promising, these lab studies are a long way from demonstrating that zinc supplements stop virus replication in human cells.

A higher power magnification image shows the structure and density of SARS-CoV-2 virions (red) produced by human airway epithelia. Credit : EHRE LAB, UNC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Claim #2 : Zinc Supplement Will Boost Your Immune System
Verdict : Not Confirmed

Zinc is an important mineral for our immune system, and a lack of zinc increases your risk of getting pneumonia and other infections, and slows wound healing.

However, there is currently no evidence that extra zinc can boost your immune system, much less reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.

In fact, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends against the use of zinc supplements for the prevention of COVID-19.

Claim #3 : You Should Take 15 mg Zinc Daily
Verdict : That Depends

Zinc is a micronutrient, and dietary deficiency is rare, because the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is very low :

Life Stage US RDA Upper
Limit
Birth to 6 months 2 mg 4 mg
Infant : 7-12 months 3 mg 5 mg
Child : 1-3 years 3 mg 7 mg
Child : 4-8 years 5 mg 12 mg
Child : 9-13 years 8 mg 23 mg
Teen : 14-18 years 11 mg (male)
9 mg (female)
34 mg
Adult 11 mg (male)
8mg (female)
40 mg
Pregnant Teen 12 mg 34 mg
Pregnant Adult 11 mg 40 mg
Breastfeeding Teen 13 mg 34 mg
Breastfeeding Adult 12 mg 40 mg

Most people will get more than enough zinc from their daily diet. Only those with these conditions should consider zinc supplementation :

  • you have digestive disorders like ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease
  • you are a vegetarian
  • infants over 6 months of age on breastmilk
  • you are an alcoholic
  • you have sickle cell disease

Ray’s recommendation of taking 15 mg of zinc won’t do any harm, if you are an adult. If you feel better popping a pill, go ahead.

However, 15 mg is too much for children and infants. Please check the table above for recommended limits by the US National Institutes of Health.

Too much zinc is dangerous, and can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, headache… and lower immunity.

You should also note this US NIH warning : Long-term zinc supplementation can cause copper deficiency with subsequent reversible hematologic defects (i.e., anemia, leukopenia) and potentially irreversible neurologic manifestations (i.e., myelopathy, paresthesia, ataxia, spasticity).

Claim #4 : Vitamin C Helps With COVID-19
Verdict : No Evidence

Ray recommends taking vitamin C to boost your immune system against COVID-19.

That sounds nice, but vitamin C doesn’t actually boost the immune system. Rather, it is being evaluated for its effect in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in severe COVID.

However, there is currently INSUFFICIENT DATA to recommend either for or against the use of vitamin C in treating COVID-19 patients.

More importantly, patients who are not critically ill with COVID-19 will have less oxidative stress or severe inflammation. So vitamin C may only play a role in patients with severe COVID-19 disease.

Claim #5 : You Should Take 1000-2000 mg Vitamin C Every 4 Hours
Verdict : Potentially Dangerous

Ray recommends taking 1000 to 2000 milligrams of vitamin C every 4 hours if you are infected with COVID-19.

That works out to 6,000 to 12,000 mg of vitamin C daily, which is excessive and potentially dangerous to health.

The US Food and Nutrition Board established these UPPER LIMITS for the daily intake of vitamin C from both diet and supplements :

Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
1-3 years 400 mg 400 mg
4-8 years 650 mg 650 mg
9-13 years 1,200 mg 1,200 mg
14-18 years 1,800 mg 1,800 mg 1,800 mg 1,800 mg
19+ years 2,000 mg 2,000 mg 2,000 mg 2,000 mg

As you can see, Ray’s recommendation exceeds the FNB upper limits by 3X to 6X for adults, and 5X to 30X for children!

Excessive vitamin C intake can cause diarrhoea, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, reduced vitamin B12 and copper absorption, erosion of the enamel of your teeth, and potentially contribute to the development of cancer.

Claim #6 : Blood Thinners Makes Blood Vessels Thinner
Verdict : False

Ray then talks about anticoagulants, calling them blood thinners that “allow your blood vessels to be thin”.

First of all, anticoagulants is one of two types of blood thinners, and the other type is anti-platelet drugs.

Blood thinners reduce or eliminate the formation of blood clots.

They don’t actually thin the blood, and they do NOT make your blood vessels thinner.

In fact, it would be really terrible if they made your blood vessels thinner – your blood cells would have a harder time getting through!

Claim #7 : Turmeric, Curcumin, Garlic, Cinnamon, Spices Help Against COVID-19
Verdict : No Evidence

Many scientists (and non-scientists) are looking into using these herbs and spices for more than fried chicken.

Could they help against COVID-19? Maybe one day, there will be a finger-licking good study that gives us that good news.

Until then, there is simply no evidence that all those herbs and spices help against COVID-19.

Best keep them in the kitchen, and get yourself vaccinated against COVID-19!

After all, vaccines have been proven to protect you against COVID-19!

 

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On The JAKIM + JPM Petition To Lift COVID-19 Measures!

There is a movement to petition JAKIM and JPM to lift measures that protect Muslims against COVID-19 infections.

Let’s take a look at the claims propelling this movement, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

The JAKIM + JPM Petition To Lift COVID-19 Measures

There is a movement to petition JAKIM and JPM to lift measures that protect Muslims against COVID-19 infections.

Letter templates were prepared for Muslims to use to petition both JAKIM and JPM to lift these COVID-19 measures that they deem anti-Islamic and not based on scientific evidence :

  • physical distancing in prayer congregations
  • attendance limits for Friday prayers
  • prohibition of Friday prayers for certain age groups
  • ban on hand shaking, replaced with customs and rituals of the Jews and Christians
  • ban on breaking fast in surau
  • ban on eating together from food trays
  • strict SOP during prayers and other religious activities

 

Fact Checking The JAKIM / JPM Petition On COVID-19 Measures

Now, I will not be addressing the religious issues, which are best left to Islamic scholars.

Instead, I will address the scientific claims used in this petition to justify lifting protective measures for Muslims against COVID-19.

Fact #1 : COVID-19 Mortality Is High

The letter is correct that COVID-19 mortality is only 0.4% in Malaysia, and is much lower than other diseases.

However, that is only possible because of these protective measures keeping COVID-19 cases from overwhelming our hospitals and ICUs :

Without those measures, our mortality rate would be far, FAR higher than 0.4%.

The average mortality rate is 2.68%, as of 23 April 2021, with the highest mortality rate in countries with overloaded hospitals and ICUs :

  • Yemen : 19.2%
  • Mexico : 9.2%
  • Syria : 6.9%
  • Sudan : 6.8%
  • Egypt : 5.9%

To put that into perspective, if you have 1,000 Facebook friends, and just half of them get infected with COVID-19, at least 13 will die.

Inside a COVID-19 ICU. Photo Credit : China Daily Cdic / Reuters

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Survivors Do Not Always Heal Completely

The letter points out that over 90% of people with COVID-19 will recover. Again, that is only true in Malaysia’s current situation, because of measures mentioned above.

The rate of recovery will drop, if and when our hospitals and ICUs get overwhelmed. More people will definitely die.

Even those who survive may not recover completely. Those who recover in the ICU will require physical therapy, while those on ventilation could suffer lung damage.

Some survivors also suffer from post-COVID conditions, like Long COVID :

  • tiredness / fatigue
  • difficulty in thinking or concentrating
  • headache
  • loss of smell or taste
  • dizziness on standing
  • heart palpitations
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • depression or anxiety

COVID-19 itself damages the lungs, and survivors have to live with the damage for the rest of their lives.

Photo Credit : Oxford University

Fact #3 : Mass Gatherings Cause COVID-19 Outbreaks

India offers a sad lesson on how dangerous mass gatherings are during this COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2021, India allowed state assembly elections to proceed, with mass rallies in the states of Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam.

The state of Bengal saw a jump of 3,489% in COVID-19 cases in just 7 weeks, while Tamil Nadu saw a jump of 1,683% with triple the cases in Kerala.

Then India allowed the Kumbh Mela festival to take place in mid April 2021, where millions of devotees gathered to take a dip in the water of the Ganges river.

Within a few days, they detected over 1,000 COVID-19 cases out of just 50,000 samples taken during the festival.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Kills Quickly When Hospitals Overwhelmed

There are only three ways to avoid dying from COVID-19 :

  • avoiding getting infected
  • getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • getting good hospital care, with access to ICU and ventilator

Right now, public vaccination just kicked off, and vaccination rates are super low.

If the letter writer insists on lifting measures that prevent people from getting infected, then people must rely on hospitals to treat them when they get sick with COVID-19.

But look at what is happening RIGHT NOW in India, where their hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, and their ICUs full.

  • oxygen and medical supplies ran out
  • people queueing for days outside hospitals, trying to get treatment
  • people dying at home, because there are no hospital beds
  • crematoriums running 24/7 to keep up with the deluge of dead bodies

Take a look at this drone shot by Danish Siddiqui of Reuters, showing a mass cremation of COVID-19 victims in New Delhi, India on 22 April 2021.

Is this what you want happening in Malaysia?

 

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Will Our Immunity Drop For 6 Weeks After Vaccination?

Will our immunity drop for 6 weeks after vaccination? Do we only gain protection 6 weeks after we are vaccinated?

Find out what’s this new medical advice all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Our Immunity Will Drop For 6 Weeks After Vaccination!

This piece of medical advice is being shared on WhatsApp.

It warns everyone to stay safe after their first vaccination, because our immunity will drop for 6 weeks!

IMPORTANT : Please read

It is worth knowing the reason for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine.
The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine.
The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body.
When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot.
When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more.
14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly.
During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.
which makes it very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half.
Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona.
After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe.
Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why
Make sure to wear a mask
Get out of the house only if necessary
Do read if it’s your turn to take that shot..!

 

Will Our Immunity Drop For 6 Weeks After Vaccination? Nope!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :

Instead of relying on a WhatsApp message of unknown provenance (who wrote it?), ask your doctor or just follow your vaccination appointment.

Fact #2 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

Vaccines are like training boot camps for your immune system. They don’t form antibodies.

Instead, they mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so that your immune system can learn to identify it, and create antibodies against the real virus.

Your immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

Fact #3 : Immunity Does Not Drop With Vaccination

You may feel a bit sick after your vaccination. That’s your body’s immune system reacting to the viral antigens presented by the vaccine.

That does not mean your immunity has dropped after vaccination. This is your body’s natural reaction, as it identifies the foreign antigens and riles up the immune system to defeat them.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger against COVID-19, not weaker.

Fact #4 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that full immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures until your body has enough time to build its defences.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is also true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection. However, vaccines prevent severe disease and death.

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers

The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to defeat it before the real virus attacks.

As your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.

As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.

What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Russian Autopsy Confirmed That COVID-19 Is Not A Virus?

Did a Russian autopsy confirm that COVID-19 is not a virus, but a poison that can be cured by existing medicines?

Take a look at this new viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Russian Autopsy Confirmed That COVID-19 Is Not A Virus?

This new WhatsApp message claims that a Russian autopsy has finally proven that COVID-19 is not a virus, but a poison that can be cured by existing medicines.

Latest news:
* Good news to the world … *

* Russia has done a post-mortem autopsy of the Covid-19 patient, a big revelation has occurred. *
Russia became the first country in the world to perform an autopsy (= post mortem) on a corpse of Covid-19 and, after a thorough investigation, discovered that * Covid-19 does not exist as a virus *.

It’s a worldwide scam: * people are dying from “amplified 5G electromagnetic radiation (= poison)”. *

Doctors in Russia have violated the World Health Organization (WHO) law, which does not allow post-mortem autopsies on the bodies of people who have died from Covid-19 to be discovered after a certain time. These doctors made scientific discovery: * we can not assume that it is a virus, but a bacterium that causes death, which causes blood clots to form in the veins and nerves, Cause the death of the patient because of this bacteria. *

Russia has defeated the virus, claiming that “there is nothing but phelia-intravascular coagulation (thrombosis) * and the way to treat it is to cure it”:
1) * Antibiotic pills *
2) * Anti-inflammatory * and
3) * take anticoagulants (= aspirin). *

 

Russian COVID-19 Autopsy : Complete Bullshit

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : First COVID-19 Autopsy Was Conducted In China

Wuhan was the origin of the COVID-19 epidemic in China, and it was there that the first patients died, and where the first autopsies were conducted.

The forensics team from the Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology conducted the first autopsy of a COVID-19 patient on 16 February 2020.

By 24 February 2020, they conducted a total of nine autopsies – the results of which was published in the Journal of Forensic Medicine.

Fact #2 : There Is No WHO Law Forbidding Autopsies

There is no such thing as a WHO law that forbids autopsies of any person who died from COVID-19, or any other disease.

The World Health Organisation is an international advisory body. It has no power over individual countries, and therefore, cannot ban post-mortem autopsies in any country.

In fact, the WHO actually published guidelines on how to perform autopsies and manage the bodies of dead COVID-19 patients.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Is Caused By SARS-CoV-2

COVID-19 is technically not a virus.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, which was initially called 2019-nCoV, before being officially named as SARS-CoV-2.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Real Virus

We know that the SARS-CoV-2 is a real virus, because Chinese scientists isolated it and with the help of the University of Sydney in Australia, released a draft sequence of its genome on 10 January 2020.

The complete genome of approximately 30 kilobytes in length was published on 3 February 2020.

You can look at the entire SARS-CoV-2 viral genome that was released by Chinese scientists here.

SARS-CoV-2 genome diagram. Credit : Rohan Bir Singh, MD

Fact #5 : A Virus Is Not A Bacteria

Any half-decent student of biology can tell you that a virus is not a bacteria. They are completely different.

A virus, for example, is not even a living organism. It is just RNA or DNA encapsulated within a protein or lipid shell, and can only replicate within a host cell.

A bacterium, on the other hand, is a single-celled microorganism that can multiply by itself. It is also much more complex, with intracellular organelles and even extracellular appendages.

SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus – is a virus, not a bacterium.

Fact #6 : There Is No Cure For COVID-19 (Right Now)

As of 23 April 2021, there is no cure for COVID-19, only vaccines that can help prevent it.

Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, or anti-coagulant medication cannot cure COVID-19.

Fact #7 : 5G Does Not Cause COVID-19

There is simply no plausible way for 5G technology to create a new coronavirus out of thin air. Simply put – 5G does not cause COVID-19.

Consider the fact that there are COVID-19 cases in every country around the world, but 5G coverage is extremely sparse.

Take a look at this comparison of worldwide 5G coverage (provided by Ookla) and COVID-19 cases globally.

Can you see the complete lack of correlation?

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Can Cause Blood Clotting

COVID-19 can cause a hypercoagulable state, in which a severe inflammatory response triggers localised blood clotting which can become generalised.

It is especially common in severe COVID-19 disease, and has nothing to do with a bacterium, or 5G radiation.

When a COVID-19 patient presents with blood clots, they are treated with blood thinners like aspirin and heparin.

Fact #9 : Empromax Is An Antibiotic

Empromax is one of the brand names of the antibiotic, Cefpodoxime proxetil. It cannot work against a virus like SARS-CoV-2.

There is no evidence that the Russian Ministry of Health (Minzdrav) is using Empromax to treat COVID-19 patients.

They have temporarily approved certain drugs as COVID-19 treatments, but not Empromax :

  • Favipiravir – antiviral drug that can shorten recovery time
  • Levilimab – to treat cytokine storm

Fact #10 : Russian Ministry Of Health Relying On Vaccines

The Russian Ministry of Health is relying not on medications, because none actually exist to cure COVID-19.

Instead, they are relying on the two COVID-19 vaccines they developed :

  • Sputnik V (Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • EpiVacCorona

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW!

This is incredible – the COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough rate is only 0.003% for healthcare workers!

Find out why this is evidence of localised herd immunity, and how you can take advantage of this phenomenon!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What Is It?

COVID-19 vaccines greatly protect you from severe disease and prevent death, but even the best COVID-19 vaccine cannot 100% protect you from getting infected.

When someone who is fully vaccinated gets infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The US CDC itself defines a vaccine breakthrough case as a “person who has SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen detected on a respiratory specimen collected ≥14 days after completing the primary series of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What Should We Expect?

The vaccine breakthrough rate can be calculated based on their reported efficacy rates, using this formula :

(100% – Vaccine Efficacy %) x Attack Rate

The COVID-19 attack rate in Malaysia is about 1.0%, so that should give us these estimated vaccine breakthrough rates :

Vaccine Efficacy Breakthrough Rate
Pfizer COMIRNATY 95% (100% – 95%) x 1%
= 0.05%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.7% (100% – 50.7%) x 1%
= 0.494%

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW!

Amidst the rising tide of COVID-19 cases, here is a ray of hope.

On 19 April 2021, the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) announced that only NINE (9) healthcare workers contracted COVID-19, out of 272,019 who were fully vaccinated!

That means the breakthrough rate for healthcare workers is only 0.0033%!

Even if we assume that they all received the more efficacious Pfizer vaccine, the vaccine breakthrough rate is 15X lower than expected!

This is even more astounding because healthcare workers are at much higher risk of contracting COVID-19, because they work with infected patients, some of whom are asymptomatic and undetected.

We would expect healthcare workers to suffer from a much higher attack rate than the general population, and therefore suffer more vaccine breakthrough infections.

Yet the opposite happened… WHY?

 

Evidence Of Localised Herd Immunity?

I believe this could be evidence of localised herd immunity at work.

Phase 1 of the vaccination programme focused exclusively on frontline workers, especially healthcare workers.

Once these healthcare workers were all vaccinated, they provided each other with indirect protection at the workplace.

In other words – their workplace herd immunity is protecting them against breakthrough infections!

Employers should therefore take note of this phenomenon. If you can quickly vaccinate enough of your workforce, you can benefit from herd immunity at your workplace!

This protective bubble will greatly reduce the risk of any COVID-19 breakthrough infections, and virtually eliminate outbreaks at the workplace.

 

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Vaccinated People More Vulnerable To South African Variant?

Is it true that people who were vaccinated are MORE vulnerable to the South African variant of COVID-19 than unvaccinated people?

Find out what’s going on in the latest Israeli study, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Vaccinated People More Vulnerable To South African Variant!

This is the shocking claim, purportedly by a Singaporean doctor, and spurred by a ChannelNewsAsia article, that is going viral on WhatsApp :

Those who received 2 doses of the ‘vaccine’, have MUCH HIGHER chance of being INFECTED with COVID19 than those NOT vaccinated!

From a S’porean doctor:

“Oh dear! I have received 2 doses of Pfizer antiCovid vaccine

One straightforward & logical conclusion could then be that the vaccine I was injected with predisposes my body to be ravaged by the South African variant of the virus compared to bodies who are not vaccinated

Article:-

“But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated – 5.4 per cent versus 0.7 per cent..

“We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group..””

 

No! Vaccinated People Are NOT More Vulnerable To South African Variant!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : CNA Article Is Genuine, But…

The Channel News Asia article is genuine, and so are the quotes.

However, it appears they used the original Reuters almost ad verbatim, but “spiced up” the title – removing “but vaccine highly effective“.

They also replaced “the vaccine remains highly effective” with “the research has not been peer reviewed“.

Why would CNA do that? Why, CNA?

We should also point out that the proper naming for the South African variant is B.1.351, not B1351 as printed in the CNA article.

Fact #2 : Pfizer Vaccine Cannot Make You More Vulnerable

It is unlikely that the comment was written by any doctor, because no doctor would call the Pfizer vaccine an “antiCovid vaccine”.

In any case, the “logical conclusion” that the Pfizer vaccine would predispose those vaccinated to be “ravaged by the South African variant” is nonsensical.

COVID-19 vaccines are basically training bootcamps for your immune system. They mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so your immune system can learn to identify and defeat it, before you get infected by the real virus.

At the very most, the vaccine is ineffective against a new variant, because it is so different that the “training” provided by the vaccine does not help.

However, it is impossible for any COVID-19 vaccine to actually make you more vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Fact #3 : Vaccinated People Are NOT More Vulnerable To South African Variant

The person who created this fake news shared that the “prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated – 5.4 per cent versus 0.7 per cent“.

Shocking, right? But the truth is that is a misunderstanding of what the study found.

The study, which you can read here, is called “Evidence for increased breakthrough rates of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern in BNT162b2 mRNA vaccinated individual“.

Everyone in the study was already infected with COVID-19. The purpose of the study was to identify COVID-19 variants that could potentially “breakthrough” the Pfizer vaccine.

  1. They looked for 396 people who were infected after partial or full vaccination
    a) Full effectiveness : 1 week or more after 2nd dose
    b) Partial effectiveness : 2 weeks or more after 1st dose, or less than 1 week after 2nd dose
  2. They paired them with 396 people who were infected, but not vaccinated (as controls).
  3. They sequenced their viral genomes to determine the COVID-19 strains that infected them.
    a) the vast majority of cases had the UK B.1.1.7 variant
    b) only 1% of all cases had the South African B.1.351 variant

If the vaccine was equally effective on both variants, their prevalence would remain roughly the same whether the person was vaccinated or not.

But in the full effectiveness cohort, you can see that the B.1.351 variant has a markedly higher prevalence – 5.4% versus 0.7% in the control (unvaccinated).

That basically means that the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine is more effective against the UK B.1.1.7 variant, than it is against the South African B.1.351 variant.

You can “confirm” that by looking at the partial effectiveness cohort, where the prevalence of the B.1.351 variant was similar to that of the control.

What that means is when you are not fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, you are vulnerable to both the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants.

But after you are fully vaccinated, you gain more protection against B.1.1.7, vis-à-vis the B.1.351 variant.

In short, the South African B.1.351 variant has a greater ability to “breakthrough” the Pfizer vaccine than the B.1.1.7 vaccine after you gain full protection.

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Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Scammers continue to target CIMB customers, using many different kinds of fake SMS messages.

Do NOT click or call if you receive any of these fake SMS messages!

And please warn your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Whether you are a CIMB Bank customer or not, you may receive one of these alarming SMS messages :

RM 0.00 CIMB: Confidential!

Dear CIMB users, your account will TERMINATED on 24/12/20. Verify via http://www.cimbclickikm.cc to keep on using CIMB Clicks services.

Please make verification within 24hours to avoid service interruption.

RM0 CIMB: Instant Transfer RM4998.78 to CHAY LEE FEN/HONG LEONG on 23-Dec-2020, 13:06:35. Call the no. at the back of your card for queries.

If you receive any of these SMS messages, please DO NOT click on the link, or call the number. JUST IGNORE THEM, or delete them.

RM0.00 CIMB: MYR 2968.00 was charged on your card num 4204 at Shopee.MY. If this is not your txn, call 1800-9767 now.

Cimb Your account is judged as high risk by the system, PLS re-verify your account. cimbclicksecurity.com

Note : These scams do not just affect CIMB Bank. In fact, all banks are affected :

 

Why These CIMB SMS Messages Are Fake

Let us show you how to identify these fake CIMB SMS messages.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Grammatical Mistakes

If you carefully read the first SMS messages above, you can easily spot numerous grammatical mistakes. A bank will never send such poorly worded messages to their customers.

However, they may copy the real SMS message from CIMB to trick you into thinking that this is a real transaction. Such fake SMS messages will have proper grammar.

Warning Sign #2 : Embedded Links

Banks will NEVER embed links (URLs) into the message. If you see embedded links, always think – SCAM SMS!

Unlike the Public Bank SMS scam, they used a copy of the real SMS message to trick you into clicking the URL in the first message.

Warning Sign #3 : Wrong Links

And always check the link – www.cimbclickikm.cc and cimbclicksecurity.com are not the correct addresses for the CIMB Bank websites (www.cimbclicks.com.my or www.cimb.com.my).

The best policy is to manually key in the bank website address. NEVER click on any link in an SMS, even if it looks legit.

When you see any website with .cc links, be wary because the .CC domains are registered in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands – an Australian territory of only 14 km², with only about 600 inhabitants.

Warning Sign #4 : No Personal Login Phrase / Picture

To avoid phishing attacks, banks now give you a secret response (like a picture or a phrase) to confirm that you are visiting their legitimate website.

If the website you are visiting gives you the wrong picture or secret phrase, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

You should also remember that the bank website must show you secret picture or phrase right after you enter your login, but BEFORE you key in your password.

If you are asked to key in your password without the website displaying the secret phrase or picture, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

 

CIMB Advice To Protect Against Fake SMS / Email Scams

Here is a list of DOs and DON’Ts to protect yourself against fake SMS / email scams.

Please DO follow these good practices

  1. Pay attention to your transaction alerts and check your account activities regularly. In case of any unusual activity, please contact us immediately.
  2. If you wish to contact us, ONLY call the number on the back of your card or refer to CIMB website “Contact Us” page.
  3. Always check the URL of the website that you are making purchases from. Ensure  the “lock” icon or “https” appears on the website’s address bar.
  4. Always find a reputable seller on online marketplaces by searching for reviews from other customers to know their experience.
  5. To access CIMB Clicks, type the entire URL as follows: www.cimbclicks.com.my
  6. Always remember to log out once you have completed your banking transactions.

Please DO NOT follow these bad practices

  1. Don’t panic and give personal information to fraudsters impersonating representatives of government agencies etc. even if they deploy fear tactics. Immediately call the number on the back of your card to verify with CIMB.
  2. Never apply for personal financing through unverified links or individuals promising a lower rate. CIMB does not impose any application charges for personal financing applications.
  3. Never take instructions from anyone to change the mobile number in CIMB records to any number other than your own mobile number.
  4. When transacting online, never continue with a purchase if you have any doubts if the seller is not genuine.
  5. Never share details such as your card number / User ID / PIN / password / TAC  with anyone or key them in in any website other than CIMB Clicks.
    (Note: CIMB will never ask for  your ‘User ID’, ‘Password’ or ‘TAC’ under any circumstances outside of CIMB Clicks).
  6. Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown / unreliable senders / sources.
    (Note: Emails from CIMB will always end with @cimb.com such as cimb.marketing@cimb.com

 

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Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID?

Dr. Zhong Nanshan – China’s foremost expert on COVID-19 – allegedly introduced five methods to build immunity against COVID-19.

Let’s take a look at the viral advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID?

This viral message has gone viral on WhatsApp, allegedly advice by Dr. Zhong Nanshan on how to build your immunity against COVID-19.

It has also been shared on Facebook, and posted by blogs hoping to cash in on the COVID-19 panic.

Hi everyone,
Kindly take note of the following practical advice by Dr. Zhong Nanshan (China’s top authority on Covid-19)*.

Dr Zhong predicted that, sooner or early later, the widespread community infection of Covid-19 will be inevitable. This is because there now is increasing numbers of infected people who are asymptomatic but with varying incubation periods moving around undetected.
As the above senerio is almost uncontrollable and unavoidable, it’s now crucial for us to prime our own immune system first.
Dr Zhong has provided 5 methods to enhance our immunity.

Dr Zhong said,
“Your immunity is the best and final solid defence (for Covid-19 infection.)”
Don’t just rely on masks, hand washing, etc alone. These are great preventive measures, but on top of them, everyone still need to build up their own immunity asap.

*How to prime our immune system from now onwards, as soon as possible? *

*Firstly, we must get enough sleep*; we must maintain at least 7 hours of sleep. Those who sleep less than 7 hours a day would have a lowered immunity against infection.

Second, we must eat well; our so-called “eat good” is not about eating delicacies, but *eating wholesome high-quality proteins*, which can be use to produce antibodies.
Remember to strictly control our sugar intake; ingesting excess refined sugar can lead to inactivity of our white blood immunity cells for 5 hours!
Therefore, we have to select and control our diet.

Third, the coronavirus has a preditable propagation mode, it will multiply faster in the cold winter.
So some experts advise us to get more sun exposure which helps increase vitamin D to prime our immunity.

Other experts did a research and published findings that the intake of vitamin D supplements during winter months can reduce respiratory tract infections by two thirds. If you really can’t or don’t bask in the sun, you can also choose to take vitamin D instead.

Fourth, one Russian research found out: in order to avoid upper respiratory tract infection, “You have to rinse and gargle your mouth when you return home after outdoor visits. Why? Because all viruses have the keys to enter our cells; when a virus invades its target cell, it has to first drill holes and knock on doors etc, so it It will take a while to reach and attach the key to the target cell wall to open the gate to enter the target cell and propagate.
So if you are infected outdoor, when you reached home just gargle and flush them out of your mouth.”
At the same time, the Russian researcher also mentioned, “Whether you gargle with; water, salt water, betadine diluted in water, mouthwashs, tea; all these 5 methods work well.

Finally, Dr Zhong also pointed out that studies in Japan, Israel and Finland all showed that: Simply taking a hot bath every day to elevate your body temperature sufficiently would create an unconducive body environment for coronavirus infection.

The research also mentioned that if you take hot bath at 4 times or more each week, virus infection rate can drop to 60%.
Dr Zhong’s advice on this is: Take a hot bath every day. A 41 degrees C and for 5 minutes is good enough!

Please share with your family and friends.

Translated from a Chinese language handouts.

 

COVID-19 Immunity Advice By Dr. Zhong Nanshan : Bullshit

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Is An Expert On COVID-19

First of all, Dr. Zhong Nanshan is not only a real person, he is a key Chinese expert on COVID-19.

In fact, he was the expert who declared that there was “human-to-human transmission” and pushed for China’s massive lockdown that successfully contained the epidemic, at least on Chinese soil.

On 8 September 2020, he was awarded the Medal of the Republic – China’s highest state honour – for his role in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

Fact #2 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Warned Against Natural Immunity

Everything attributed to Dr. Zhong Nanshan regarding building your body’s immunity against COVID-19 are FALSE.

In an online meeting on 2 March 2021, with top American and Chinese public health experts (including Dr. Anthony Fauci), Dr. Zhong Nanshan warned against natural immunity.

He called it “unrealistic, less scientific and inhumane“, and pointed out that 2-3% of those infected would die – that’s 14 to 21 million people globally!

Fact #3 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Advocated Quarantine

Dr. Zhong Nanshan explained in a 17 April 2020 CGTN video that China managed the COVID-19 epidemic by using strict quarantine, mass testing and masking in public.

He never once mentioned anything about “building up” your own immune system, because there is simply… bullshit.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 – a novel (brand new) coronavirus.

Because it has never been encountered by any human being in history, our immune system has never learned to fight against it.

While a good diet, exercise and exposure to sunlight are important for our health and well-being, they will NOT prevent COVID-19.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan himself went viral for sleeping on a train to Wuhan in January 2020 to investigate the epidemic, while everyone else was travelling home for the Spring Festival.

Fact #5 : Immune System Overreaction Major Cause Of Death / Injury

Research has shown that our immune system can overreact to the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, triggering a cytokine storm that causes many classic features of severe COVID-19 disease :

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Acute lung injury
  • Systemic inflammatory response
  • Multiple organ failures
  • Thromboembolism – arterial and venous blood clots

That is why dexamethasone – a corticosteroid – was found to be effective in improving the survival rates of severe COVID-19 :

  • patients on ventilators : by one-third (33%)
  • patients receiving oxygen : by one-fifth (20%)

The fact dexamethasone has no effect on patients who do not require respiratory support confirms that it doesn’t treat the infection, but prevents the body’s immune system from running amok and killing the patient.

Recommended : Dexamethasone : Do NOT Self-Medicate Against COVID-19!

Fact #6 : Vitamin D Does Not Prevent COVID-19

There is no evidence that Vitamin D prevents COVID-19.

While scientists are researching the use of Vitamin D in COVID-19 infections, it is to determine if it can possibly reduce or prevent the cytokine storm, as well as thrombotic (blood clotting) complications.

The same scientists researching this also warn that there is a potential for vitamin D toxicity. Hence, such supplement should “only be taken under medical supervision“.

Fact #7 : Gargling Cannot Prevent COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads mostly by droplets and to a lesser extent, by aerosol. Therefore, gargling cannot prevent COVID-19.

Never mind the fact that gargling cannot reach deeper than your pharynx, it cannot protect against virus particles that you BREATHE IN.

Yes, if you are not aware yet – most COVID-19 infections occur when people breathe in infected droplets.

What gargling can do is help reduce the spread of infectious droplets by COVID-19 patients. Even that is only possible using mouthwash, not with salt water or tea.

Fact #8 : Hot Baths Won’t Prevent COVID-19

It doesn’t matter whether you bathe in cold or hot water – your body’s internal temperature stays the same.

Your body maintains its temperature by homeostasis, which is why we sweat when it’s hot and shiver when it’s cold.

A hot bath will not elevate your body temperature. It will certainly not kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Neither will breathing in steam, in case you are thinking about it!

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COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

A vaccine breakthrough infection is what happens when you get infected with COVID-19 even after you are fully vaccinated.

Find out why vaccine breakthrough infections are completely expected, and what we can do to prevent them!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What Is It?

COVID-19 vaccines are like training boot camps for your immune system, giving it an opportunity to learn how to defeat the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They greatly protect you from severe disease and prevent death, but even the best COVID-19 vaccine cannot 100% protect you from getting infected.

When someone who is fully vaccinated gets infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The US CDC itself defines a vaccine breakthrough case as a “person who has SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen detected on a respiratory specimen collected ≥14 days after completing the primary series of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : Why Does It Happen?

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections are inevitable – partly because no vaccine is perfect, and partly because vaccines rely on the immune system to work.

Do remember – the vaccine does not actually protect you against the COVID-19. It merely mimics the SARS-CoV-2 virus, to help your body learn to fight the real virus.

In some people, the vaccine may not galvanise an adequate immune system response.

In other people, their immune systems may not had sufficient time to produce the necessary antibodies to fight off the infection.

Or they may be infected with a new strain that partly or completely bypasses the training offered by the vaccine.

 

Vaccine Breakthrough : How To Estimate It?

Now, you might expect the vaccine breakthrough rate to be calculated simply by deducting the efficacy rate from 100%, like so :

  • 95% vaccine efficacy = 5% breakthrough infections
  • 75% vaccine efficacy = 25% breakthrough infections
  • 50% vaccine efficacy = 50% breakthrough infections

However, the vaccine breakthrough infection rate is actually calculated by this formula :

(100% – Vaccine Efficacy %) x Attack Rate

Because the attack rate for COVID-19 is relatively low at about 1%, the real vaccine breakthrough rate is much lower than you would expect.

Vaccine
Efficacy
Breakthrough Rate
Perception Reality
95% 5% 0.05%
85% 15% 0.15%
75% 25% 0.25%
66% 34% 0.34%
50% 50% 0.50%

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : How To Prevent It?

There are several ways to prevent vaccine breakthrough infections…

Herd Immunity

From a public health perspective, vaccine breakthrough infections are prevented by herd immunity (also known as community immunity).

Even if the vaccine fails to adequately protect some people, transmission of COVID-19 is blocked by other vaccinated people in the community.

This herd immunity provides indirect protection, not just against vaccine breakthrough infections, but also for people who cannot be vaccinated yet – children, people with severe allergies, etc.

However, herd immunity is only achieved when a large majority – most scientists think about 70%-80% – of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Maintain COVID-19 SOP

Until we achieve herd immunity, we must all practice the usual precautionary measures against COVID-19, even if we are fully vaccinated.

Chile is a precautionary tale of what happens if people slack on COVID-19 precautions after getting vaccinated.

Despite vaccinating some 40% of their population, they’re in the throes of a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.

Rapid Vaccination

Even after herd immunity is attained, vaccine breakthrough infections can still occur if the SARS-CoV-2 virus successfully mutates into new variants or strains that partially or completely bypasses the protection offered by current vaccines.

That can happen when there is widespread infection – every COVID-19 infection offers the coronavirus the opportunity to mutate into a different variant / strain.

That is why it is critical to quickly vaccinate everyone. It not only protects us against COVID-19, it also denies the coronavirus the opportunity to mutate.

If we allow the SARS-CoV-2 virus to create new variants or strains that partially or completely bypasses the protection offered by current vaccines, then we have to introduce new vaccines or booster doses that target these new variants.

To avoid this, we must quickly vaccinate everyone across the world.

 

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