As masks is getting more expensive and hard to come by, we are seeing more versions of cloth and DIY masks. Questions are being raised on the effectiveness of those against the Covid-19 virus. The experts have spoken : homemade cloth face masks can offer a certain degree of protection as well! “While masks may not prevent transmission completely, they should help reduce it,” says Sangwei Lu, an adjunct professor of infectious diseases and vaccinology in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.Loretta Fernandez, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern, agreed to the statement by saying that homemade masks can lower the chances of viral droplets making it into the airways, even though it can not filter out everything. An expert in Covid-19 at the Mayo Clinic, Dr Gregory Poland also added that, “They are not only a way of decreasing breathing in the virus, primarily through large respiratory droplets, but also a behavioural reminder that there's a pandemic and life is not the same right now — and a reminder not to put our hands in our eyes nose or mouth until we've washed our hands.”Here, the experts, Lu, Fernandez and Dr Poland, provide 5 tips for making your DIY mask as effective as possible.
Photo source from Today.#1 Choose the right fabricLook for a thicker and tight woven fabric, such as cotton towels, or high quality woven tee shirts. Avoid scarves, which is too thin.#2 Fit is importantThe mask must fit to your face comfortably and snugly in order to provide maximum protection. Better the fit, better the protection.#3 Have more than one layer of fabricExtra layers of fabric can help prevent viral droplets from getting through, and suggested by Fernandez, nylon pantyhose, works superbly by boosting up the effectiveness by as much as 50%. Other options includes coffee filters, toilet paper which can easily be found at your house.#4 Keep your mask cleanRegular disinfection or cleaning your masks is as important as the materials used. A contaminated masks may actually increases the risk of getting infected. Washing the mask in laundry machine with soap is good enough. Make sure that the drying process doesn't changes the shape so that it can still fit to your face nicely.#5 Prepare more than one maskMake at least two masks so that you can wear them alternately while waiting for another to wash and dry. Also, when a mask accidentally gets wet, either from our exhalation or sweat, the effectiveness in filtering any sort of respiratory particulate matter will decrease. Thus, it is important to have a spare mask that we can change.Take notes and stay safe everyone ! We'll get through this !
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Due to the global pandemic, Ubisoft has offered public free games/ trials to encourage people to stay at home. You can now enjoy the free download of the classic game- Monopoly and play with your friends during the lockdown!!Monopoly Plus is free to play all week on Uplay! Join in the fun with your family and friends, online or at home! http://t.co/wl2gR6qiOk— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 21, 2020 Monopoly Plus is a digital version of the classic Monopoly board game, while the Monopoly Plus version features three living boards with amazing animations, customizable house rules!
Source: Ubisoft Twitter". As the game progresses, the boards and the cities they represent will evolve to show neighborhoods and properties being built up. You’ll also be able to select one of six different sets of rules, or keep games short and sweet by choosing one of five special goals." - Game description by Ubisoft
Source: UbisoftHow to download?1. Go to http://free.ubisoft.com/ and select the Monopoly Plus.
Source: http://free.ubisoft.com/2. Create a Ubisoft account
Source: http://free.ubisoft.com/3. Once registered, you will need to download the UPLAY onto your PC in order to play the game.
Source: http://free.ubisoft.com/Monopoly is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Other than Monopoly Plus, Ubisoft has also offered some free games trial, to find out more, do check out at free.ubisoft.com.Source: http://news.ubisoft.com/en-us/article/2vJTEjWAqJ4c2RTqEvsYkl/play-monopoly-on-pc-free-from-april-2127
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a RM 10 billion aid for small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) who also suffer losses following the Movement Control Order (MCO) resulted from the COVID-19 outbreak.And we’re now bringing the good news to micro-enterprises owners: you can apply for a special grant of RM 3,000 starting the 1st of May on the Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) website!However, the micro-SMEs are required to register with LHDN to be eligible for the grant. The local authorities and SSM will provide the list of approved micro-SMEs to the government. Photo source: Tengku Zafrul / FBCover photo: Tengku Zafrul FB || PMO
Having midnight snacks are not really about gaining weight, it turns out that having a midnight craving might not be as evil as you think, as long as eating the right food and amount.According to the site, having some snacks before bed may improve your sleep by helping you fall asleep easily and stay asleep longer. Also, it may increase muscle mass and resting metabolism in healthy, physically active individuals.However, avoid choosing unhealthy foods that are high in sugar level/calories, or salty & spicy food, as it might cause indigestion, heartburn, and also weight gain. --Statement from Sleepadvisor.org
Source: www.sleepadvisor.orgSo in order to get your midnight to crave fix, at the same time feel less guilty, it's important to choose the right food. Below are some of the choice that you can try to beat your cravings:-#1. Oatmeal
Photo: Valeria Boltneva from PexelIngredients:1. ½ cup oatmeal2. water/ milk3. berries/cherries/banana (you can choose any fruits you like)4. nuts5. 1 to 2 dashes salt6. 1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar/honey Steps:1. Boil the oatmeal with water or milk, seasons with a pinch of salt/ sugar/ honey based on your preference.2. Add the fruits and nuts on top as toppings.
Source: Photo by JESHOOTS from Pexels #2. Smoked salmon, avocado and cucumber bitesThe recipe is simple to make, just combining everything together, quick and easy.
Source: downshiftology.comIngredients:1. 1 medium cucumber2. mashed avocado,3. 1/2 tbsp lime juice4. smoked salmon5. chives, for garnish6. a pinch of black pepper & pepper Source: downshiftology.com#3. Frozen Banana Peanut Butter SandwichesCraving for something sweet? How about the combination of banana & peanut butter?
Source: www.notenoughcinnamon.comSteps:1. Slice the banana and place the peanut butter on each slice, then put another banana slice on top. Just like a peanut butter sandwich, but replace the bread with banana slices.*You can microwave the peanut butter to make it easier to spread (around 30 seconds to 1 minute).*2. Keep the banana sandwiches in the freezer for a few hours and enjoy it!
Source: www.jerseystrong.com#4. Low-Fat Greek Yogurt and Fruit
Photo source: Trang Doan from PexelsIngredients:1. 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt2. Berry/cherry/banana (you can choose any fruits you like)3. 1- 2 tsp honey4. 2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds/ nuts
Photo: Vlad Chețan from Pexels#5. PopcornSurprisingly, popcorn has less than 100 calories, and rich fiber so one will feel filling after having popcorn. But be sure to skip the butter or less butter to avoid the high calories. Try using some salt, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, or any spices if you want to increase the flavor.
Photo: Mo Abrahim from Pexels#6. Cheese and Crackers
Photo: freestocks.org from PexelsCheese is high in calcium which helps to get a night of better sleep, however, do control the potion as the high calories and fats in cheese might cause you to gain weight. And for the crackers, try eating the wholemeal crackers.
Photo: Ben Libby from PexelsSo these are some of the late-night snakes that you can enjoy without feeling guilty, ok la at least less guilty! Try some out tonight, after all, it is very bad to sleep on an empty stomachSource: Sleep Advisor || Verywell FitCover Photo：Downshiftology/ || Not Enough Cinnamon
Foreign workers can now make online renewal for their Temporary Employment Visit Passes (PLKS) which is expiring during the Movement Control Order (MCO).Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that the government had a record of PLKS information in the immigration system in which foreign workers can renew their PLKS.
Photo source: Malay Mail“Any foreign workers working in this country, if they comply with and are subject to the terms for renewal of the PLKS will be granted approval to renew their PLKS.“For expatriates, namely ambassadors, foreign representatives from various categories including holders of Professional Visit Pass (issued to foreign talents with acceptable professional qualifications or skills) can apply online to get the date for an interview via ESD Online (Expatriate Services Division portal and MyXpats (Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service),” said Kahirul Dzaimee in a special conference on April 22.He said after the Immigration Department would set an interview session with the applicant after the end of the MCO when the application is made.He added that the employer of non-expatriate categories, such as laborers and domestic workers, are required to apply for the renewal for their foreign employees.The applications can be made through the My EG Services Bhd (MyEG) system linked with the Malaysian Immigration System (MyIMMs), which would be processed by the immigration department for renewal approval.
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The third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) is expected to be ended on next Tuesday (April 28), however, as the government draws up standard operating procedures for Ramadan, Malaysians are urged to have the preparation that there might be a fourth phase of the MCO.
Photo source: The StarAccording to Sin Chew Daily, the decision of the extension of the MCO has yet to be confirmed but looking at the government's preparation for the Ramadan, the possibility of the fourth phase is estimated.It has also been estimated that the duration for the fourth phase will be 2 weeks, as the previous three phases.In response to Muslims ’concerns about the month of fasting during the MCO, it was expected that the Malaysian Prime Minister will deliver a speech pertaining to the matter tonight, according to the report.Cover photo: The Star || The Edge Markets
After bringing about over 170,000 deaths around the world, you may think there’s nothing more terrifying the COVID-19 virus could do to us. But, no.2 doctors in China have been recovering from the disease after battling the virus for 39 days since February. It is said that their condition was so critical that they were unconscious while receiving treatment. However, it became a shock to them as they woke up to see their skin turned black. Photo source: The Science TimesAccording to Free Malaysia Today, it is possible that a particular type of treatment that the 2 doctors have been undergoing is responsible for the change in their skin color. However, it could also be the result of hormonal imbalances due to liver complications caused by the virus.The two doctors are now receiving mental health treatments after being traumatized by what had happened.Cover photo: The Science Times || Aljazeera
Selayang and Seri Murni been placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) since Monday (Apr 20), and it is reported that the citizens inside the containment area have not received any food aids.According to Sin Chew Daily, a representative told the news portal that there have not been any government personnel to deliver food materials, nor did the residents receive any notice by the authorities.“It’s disappointing that the government suddenly issued a lockdown without proper arrangement,” he said. Photo source: Sin Chew DailyAs the issue is raised, Senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaako was asked to comment on claims that residents in the area under the EMCO have not been given food, FMT reported.“We are working on this issue (food not being delivered),” he said at a press conference yesterday (Apr 22). “We have been informed that many companies and NGOs are making donations in Selayang, and we will coordinate with them to make sure they reach the residents.”He also said that all residents in the area, including Rohingya refugees, would be given food. Anyway, hope the problem is solved and the residents would receive food aids as soon as possible.Cover photo: Sin Chew Daily
The third phase will be coming to an end next Tuesday (April 28), however, Malaysians are starting to question: Will there be another 2-week extension?According to China Press, the Health Director-General, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Ministry of Health (MoH) will be reporting all data collected to the Malaysian Prime Minister 2-4 days before April 28.
Photo source: The StarThey would also follow the guidelines given by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the decision of whether or not to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be made by the government."We need to control the confirmed cases, including asymptomatic patients, we will send them to the hospital until they are tested negative for COVID-19," he added.Dr. Noor Hisham expressed that although the current daily increment of COVID-19 cases maintained at double-digit, the confirmed cases on Wednesday have 40 local cases. Hence, the MoH still needs to work hard in fighting the disease and to reduce the daily increment cases to a single-digit.The 6 factors that need to look into before lifting MCO including border control, movement control, medical system, protecting the high-risk groups, the adaptability of Malaysians towards new habits, and the compliance of the community with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.Cover photo: The Star || The Star
Captain Jack Sparrow officially on INSTAGRAM and made his first posting on 16 April 2020!Actor, Johnny Depp, has finally created an Instagram account and has gained 3.7M followers less than a week.
Source: InstagramJohnny Depp first post was a photo of himself surrounded by candles, with the caption:-"Hello everyone... filming something for you now... gimme a minute"Then followed by an 8 minutes video post sharing his "virgin" social media experience and the reason behind, some inspirational warm talk to spread some positive vibe during the pandemic, and also thanking his fans for their support.Johnny Depp also revealed that the reason why he starts his first social media experience is because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the same time also encourage everybody to care for one another, and keep learning during the isolation to brighten someone’s day.You can watch the full 8-minute video below:-Johnny Depp also uploaded a new song he recorded with Jeff Beck and he has slightly mentioned about this song on his last post:-"This song about isolation, fear, and existential risks to our world. So we wanted to give the song to you. We truly both hope in our own little way it helps you get through these unusual times we’re experiencing, even if it just helps to pass the time.”And for his latest post, Johnny has posted a picture of him holding the instruments, with below caption:-"A pic from the Studio, when @kirkhammett (of @metallica, obviously) brought the famous guitar, "Greeny" over for a visit... It is the '59 Les Paul, once owned and played for many, many moons, by the incredible Peter Green from early days of Fleetwood Mac!!! I was and remain, somewhat, in shock!!! An incredible experience!!! The painting on the wall is one I made of an old friend... My old dog, Mooh, who sadly passed away back when I was away on-location filming, "Public Enemies". He was a very gentle boy and I still miss him greatly!!!!"Johnny Depp has 100 followings since joining including, "Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr. John Lennon, Pirates of the Caribbean actors- Orlando Bloom, Penelope Cruz, Cara Delevingne, famous hosts-Ellen, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel, and of course his daughter, Lilly Rose Depp.Can't wait to see what the upcoming posts? Follow Caption Jack Sparrow now! Johnny Depp IG: @johnnydeppCover Photo: @johnnydepp || Pirates Of The Caribbean