Efficacy of Chloroquine in treatment of COVID-19 is still underway
Social media posts claiming that Chloroquine Phosphate, an anti-malarial drug, has a curative effect on the novel coronavirus disease are unproven and lack scientific evidence.By Abeen ShayiqThe WHO has labelled the spread of fake news on novel coronavirus an ‘infodemic’ as the false and unproven information on the internet is spreading faster than the virus itself.The one such false claim that has already swept the web is a tweet which reads: the drug Chloroquine Phosphate is the number one cure for COVID-19. This “magic cure” for coronavirus has also been widely shared on Whatsapp in India.W...
US warns against cruise ship travel in Asia over coronavirus
Washington (AFP) - Americans should avoid traveling by cruise liner within Asia because the vessels act as amplifiers of the novel coronavirus, a senior US official said Friday, adding that future evacuations of ship passengers were not guaranteed.The warning came as the number of confirmed cases of people on US soil who have been infected with the pathogen rose to 34, 21 of them repatriated from abroad.More than 300 Americans were flown back from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the Japanese coast earlier this week, and there have also been several flights bringing home citizens from the ...
Commentary: The Donald Trump Movie Club, featuring 'Parasite,' explained
Welcome to the pop-up edition of “At the Movies,” hosted by Donald Trump.Our president and cultural commander in chief tried out a few riffs, working without a co-host Thursday night at one of his pep rallies, this one in Colorado Springs, Colo. With strategically situated African American and Asian American attendees in the audience behind him, on camera — the African American male to his left went sort of cold when “Gone With the Wind” came up — he lent the voice of federal authority to the opinion that no, “Parasite,” the staggeringly profitable hit from South Korea and a film not in Englis...
She made it through two weeks of quarantine. Now it's time for dinner with her husband.
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — Ken Warren marches across his own front lawn, places two bags of groceries down on the concrete stoop, pushes the doorbell and retreats 25 feet.Half a minute passes in silence. Did she hear? Warren, 76, cautiously approaches again and has to hustle back as it swings opens.His wife, Tao Jiang Warren, 56, steps into the cold sunlight of Thursday afternoon, smiles and waves.“Heyyy!” she says. “How are you? Aww, thank you, thank you!”“There’s bread pudding in there,” he says, voice raised over the rush of traffic. “And there’s ice cream and extra whipped cream.”Tao Warren has...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Where in the world are Detroit's entry-level vehicles?
Since its development of the Model T in 1908, Ford Motor Co. has been synonymous with building affordable, entry-level vehicles for the working class. By 1924 the price of a Model T Runabout had fallen to just $260 — the equivalent of about $3,900 in today’s dollars.Fast-forward to 2020, and Ford does not offer a single vehicle for less than $20,000 when delivery fees are included. And Ford is not alone. As Detroit automakers increasingly abandon affordable sedans for higher-priced SUVs, Asian carmakers are only too happy to pick up those entry-level sales and possibly gain loyal customers for...
The Detroit News
Malaysia looks to the future in new auto policy
Malaysia on Friday unveiled a 10-year blueprint aimed at turning the country into a regional hub for next-generation vehicles that also includes producing its own green, high-technology car.Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in a speech to launch the National Automotive Policy 2020 that it will be focused on the latest trends in the industry such as energy-efficient vehicles, ride-sharing and the use of artificial intelligence.The 10-year policy, which has been delayed for over a year, is currently light on details such as incentives for industry players.But it does have lofty targets like c...
Study says the chance of families having mostly boys or girls is 'random'
If you’re hoping to replicate the family you grew up in that was mostly girls or all boys, genetics won’t be on your side. According to a new study, the probability of you having children of the same gender is totally up to chance.Researchers from the University of Queensland have conducted a study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It analyzed of the population of Sweden since 1932 and debunked the myth that having all boys or all girls runs in the family. It’s been found that the gender of a family’s children is essentially random.“We found individuals do...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
FOCUS: Japan's yen may lose status as "safe-haven asset" amid virus spread
Japan's yen may lose its long-standing status as a "safe-haven asset," with criticism mounting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has failed to take effective measures to curb the spread of a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus raging in China.After the 2008 global financial crisis emerging from the United States and European debt woes in early 2010s, foreign investors have been inclined to boost their yen holdings when economic uncertainties push down share and other risk asset prices.The Japanese currency, however, has been recently on a downward trend, although the outbreak of the new virus, whic...
Coronavirus: Made in Hong Kong face masks a joint effort by ‘chemistry godfather’ and social enterprise
A reusable face mask initiative attempts to address a pressing local problem by offering a global solution: “The design should be universal so I’m not charging for the patent. Everyone can download the template and tailor their own masks,” said Dr Kenneth Kwong, the mastermind behind the HK MASK project – an effort to tackle Hong Kong’s shortage of surgical masks amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.Thanks to filters manufactured by a local company and a textile workshop organised by a local social enterprise, the reusable masks were launched on February 21 and an open day for the media to vie...
Hong Kong Free Press
Why vaccination matters
Routine childhood vaccination coverage has been slow to rise in India. Nearly 38 per cent of children failed to receive all basic vaccines in the first year of life in 2016. Dr Kishore Kumar looks at the myriad factors limiting vaccination coverage and opportunities to do better.Human beings have benefited from vaccines for more than two centuries, yet the pathway to effective vaccines has been neither neat nor direct. There has been a remarkable success story of vaccination in terms of saving lives and giving more people a chance of healthy and productive lives. However, the benefits of vacci...