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Subang’s Students Win Big At Innovation Awards With Their Covid-19 Herbal Mask And Purifying Oil

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Recently, nine students from the SJKT Ladang Ebor that is located in Subang Jaya, Selangor have innovatively and creatively come up with ways to aid the public on how to stay safe during this Covid-19 Pandemic situation. Their latest innovation could absolutely help all the people out there to stay safe while they are still in comfort.

One group from this particular school has successfully won both the Diamond and also the Gold awards at one competition that is the  Virtual Invention, Innovation and Design Pharm-IIDEx 2020. The mentioned competition was completely organized by the Universiti Teknologi Mara’s pharmacy faculty.

The member of the group would be the twelve-year-olds Keertikaa Jega Jeevan, Janany Vikneswaran, Gautam Reddy Chandran and also Prathees Selvam. They have creatively designed a washable three-ply mask. This particular mask has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. The innovative part of their mask that they called “Super Shield Face Mask” is that the mask comes with changeable filters of herbal patches that are completely derived only from natural ingredients including ginger and turmeric.

Another group from this particular school would be the twelve-year-old Anusha Muthaiyan, Kaalishwaridewi Vadivelan, Tarmesh Mohan, Marthiny Poobalan, and Madan Vicram Jayaghanes that has successfully bagged the Bronze award for their innovation that they called “Herbal Air Purifying Oil”. The oil that they have created was produced wholly from six herbal ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties. According to the group, this purifying oil can always be used to scent the living areas and also workspaces.

The president of SJKT Ladang Ebor Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Jega Jeevan Elumalai mentioned that the intention for these students to come up with this type of innovation is to help Malaysians cope with the new norms in Malaysia. He also added that the students’ achievements were the outcome of their hard work and perseverance as they are guided by their science teachers.

Jega Jeevan Elumalai said, “This is the second time our students have participated in this competition. Previously, we managed to win only one award. But this year, we are so proud to see our students bring home three awards.”

Other than that, he also said that the PTA was mulling to improvise the students’ inventions and eventually commercialize the products out there. He also added, “For instance, we are planning to offer more choices of herbal patches, such as basil and curry leaves, for the face mask,”

“If we can commercialize these products, we can provide more cost-effective solutions for Malaysian households to make their living environment safer.”

Sources: New Straits Times.

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(Video) Popular Actor, Aeril Zafrel Announced He Is Confirmed Positive COVID-19

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Popular actor Aeril Zafrel through his official Instagram account has confirmed that he was infected with the COVID-19 virus after doing a swab test last Tuesday.

According to him, he only found out that he was positive for the virus after the test results came out on Wednesday.

He is now reportedly quarantining himself for 10 days at his home. To find out more, follow the post he made on Instagram as follows:

Assalamualaikum you all…
last night I got the news I positive COVID-19.

Monday…
I went to my p.a / manager’s house because he had a fever.
So I went there because it is my habit that I will take care of him if he is seriously ill before this.

So because the day is over so I decided to sleep there.

Tuesday, the next day I took him to the clinic and took a PCR test swab once with me.

Then I met the staff for a briefing launching a virtual online product at the end of this month, and I went home immediately.

Wednesday.
the result came out and I & manager positive

Immediately I called @kumpulan_megaklinik_zahran for my family and staff test swab because I met them…
RTK test swabs are all negative and are still waiting for the PCR result, pray for the negative as well.

Now I am self-quarantined near the upstairs room, I want to fill this 10 days with various activities in the room, pray guys. Now my manager has recovered and no more fever. But still self-quarantine.

 

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Three COVID-19 Vaccines Under Final Review For Emergency Use – WHO

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According to Reuters, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday that, in addition to the one already approved by Pfizer and BioNTech, three COVID-19 vaccines were in the late stages of the analysis for future emergency use listings.

An internal WHO document seen by Reuters offers timelines for potential vaccine approvals from the agency, suggesting that in coming weeks or months, shots from Moderna, AstraZeneca, and China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac could receive the emergency go-ahead.

“We have one vaccine so far listed. We have 3 more in the final phase to be assessed for listing, we have 2 more still submitting…In total, we have 13,” Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals.

No deaths related to the Pfizer vaccine or any other vaccine is known to the WHO, she added.

Source: Reuters

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Coronavirus Found In China-Made Ice Cream

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Recently, traces of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been discovered in ice cream produced in China. This shocking discovery has led to a government recall of products and 1,662 employees placed in quarantine.

Because of that, fresh questions among people have been raised over the risks of catching the coronavirus from food. According to a report, three samples of ice cream had been found to contain traces of Sars-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19.

The particular company that made the ice cream is the Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd and it is located in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin which is adjacent to Beijing and it already has been sealed.

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An investigation suggested that Ukrainian milk powder used to make the ice cream was the likely source. Three samples of the powder and two further samples of ice creams from the same batch were also found to contain the Sars-CoV-2. This was discovered after taking more than 2,800 samples from the ice cream, packaging, manufacturing plants, and retail stores.

There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream after employees were tested for the coronavirus. Authorities said that the company produced 4,836 Covid-19 contaminated ice cream boxes. Some 2,089 of which have already been sealed and contained in storage as of Jan. 14.

The ones sold in Tianjin stores were being tracked down. Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold. Authorities in other areas have been notified. A total of 21 ice creams remained unaccounted for. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the risk of catching Covid-19 from frozen food is low.

The contamination of ice cream is seen as a new risk as the food is consumed directly without heating or cooking first. The cold environment can also prolong the lifespan of the virus.

Sources: South China Morning Post, Mothership

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