Friday, 27 March 2020

Evidence shows men are more likely to die than women when infected with coronavirus

Men are more likely to die than women are from Covid-19, which is a coronavirus, because this has happened before in the time of SARS back in 2003. However, researchers are still trying to understand why there is this significant difference between the sexes when it comes to contracting coronaviruses.

In Italy, upward of 70% of Covid-19 deaths have been men. In South Korea, 54% of Covid-19 deaths have been men.

Back in 2003, the first published study by Hong Kong researchers about the disproportionate deaths by sex in coronavirus infections showed 57% of the 299 SARS deaths in Hong Kong were male.

What is of concern is that other countries, including the US and UK, have not published their fatality rates according to sex, which is difficult to understand. In fact, only six out of 20 countries have so far published such a breakdown for case numbers and deaths.


Here's why the coronavirus may be killing more men than women (CNN)

Here's why the coronavirus may be killing more men than women (Washington Post)

Men are much more likely to die from coronavirus - but why? (The Guardian)

Do Men Have a Higher Case Fatality Rate of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome than Women Do? (Free journal article)

Sex, gender and COVID-19: Disaggregated data and health disparities (Free journal article)

Measured reasoned voices amid coronavirus Covid-19 concerns

Among all the Covid-19 sensationalism and scaremongering and disease mongering, it is refreshing and heartening to identify people who are reasonable, sensible and have something worthwhile to share.

Dog in Hong Kong tests "weak positive" for Covid-19

Take the case of a dog in Hong Kong that tested "weak positive" for Covid-19, wherein local media and reporters attempted to create confusion and hysteria without knowing the science behind their headlines. Fortunately, there were a few calming voices that stood out (these are excerpts from this link).
Earlier in the day, Hong Kong veterinary surgeons called for calm after the “weak positive” case was announced. Dr Michael Bradley from Stanley Veterinary Centre said he thought it very unlikely that pets such as dogs and cats could be infected with the coronavirus, as very few viruses can jump between species.
“There is no need to panic. There is no evidence yet that the virus can infect dogs, cats or other domestic animals,” he said. “It’s possible that the dog had the virus due to environmental contamination. A dog can be an object that carries the virus the same way as anything else, like a tissue.”

“The dog tested weak positive from the nasal and mouth swab, not from a blood test. It’s quite possible that it is from the dog contacting the owner or being in the same environment with the owner,” Dr David Gething of Creature Comforts said.

Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory medicine expert from Chinese University, also said that despite the pet’s weak positive result, it did not mean it had been infected. He added that no evidence thus far shows that dogs can be infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) or Covid-19.

Dr Florence Chan, secretary of the HKVA’s executive committee, said although what happened to the dog might appear to be a new development, it would be wrong to jump to conclusions.
“According to what we have on hand, the dog actually did not display any symptoms,” she said.

The World Health Organisation said there was no evidence that companion animals or pets such as dogs or cats could be infected with the novel coronavirus.


Coronavirus: quarantine recommended for pets of Hongkongers with Covid-19 as Pomeranian tests positive a second time (28 Feb 2020)

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Torn Song with Lyrical Modification

Check out this fantastic Lyrical Modification of the song Torn about the state of panic and anxiety caused by the spectre of Covid-19.

Home by a creative singer
(from Torn by Natalie Imbruglia)

So I'm kind of scared of being here
There's lots of talking,
Lots of singing
Without protective gear
So all your germs are in the air

Back during SARS I was just a child
Didn't seem to know,
Seem to care
'Bout the virus running wild
But now I'm freaking out alright

I sterlize, I sanitize
My hands are always frickin' dry
There's just so many things
That I can't touch

I'm torn
How do I use the lift?
How do I get the door?
I hold onto my bags
'Cause all the germs fall to the floor

And when I get the train
I'll stand using my core
Because I don't know who the hell has touched that pole before

I need to hibernate
I wanna go back home

So then I finally went out on the street
After days of being at home
And hiding in my sheets
But then I start to worry 'cause
There's nothing left at the grocery store
I can't find bok choy no more

There's just white people things
Like pasta, cheese and corn
Where the hell's the rice?
Why's it three times the price?
And when I ask the staff,
Let's say she wasn't very nice
There's dust in my eye
But if I touch it I might die
I think the only way to get it out is start to cry

I need to hibernate
I need to go back home

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Coronavirus Don't Panic Song

Social media has caused needless panic about the novel coronavirus that originated from Wuhan in China. Keep calm; there is no need to panic.

This is a lyrical modification of the original song titled Panic by The Smiths.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

China coronavirus experts have egg on face

Here’s where it currently stands with the coronavirus (5 February 2020) ...

The latest figures show that 490 people have died in mainland China from the virus. According to the very reliable Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are now 23,680 confirmed cases in the mainland meaning the mortality rate from the virus is 2.07% nationally. 
Of the deaths, 479 have now occurred in Hubei province where the capital, Wuhan, is the eipicentre of the deadly outbreak. There have been 16,678 confirmed cases in the province making for a death rate of 2.87% in the province.


A week ago, on 29 January 2020, one of China’s top experts said the Wuhan coronavirus infection rate could peak in early February.

“I estimate that it will reach its peak in around the next week or 10 days, after that there will be no more major increases,” said Zhong Nanshan, the respiratory disease scientist who played the pivotal role in China’s fight against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) coronavirus epidemic in 2002-03. (Reference link: )

While stating that it is very difficult to make predictions about the infection peak for the new virus, Zhong said China’s efforts in early detection and early isolation were the right measures. “After doing these two things, we have enough confidence to prevent another peak,” he said.

The infection rate estimate by Zhong was echoed by Gao Fu, the director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. He said he was “optimistic” that the outbreak’s “turning point” could arrive by February 8 if current disease control protocol is maintained.

“If we stick to the current measures, we should see a turning point in the near future. Everyone predicts that the situation can improve by the time of the Lantern Festival [on February 8],” said Gao in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday.“I am personally optimistic, and I believe that [it will improve] earlier than this, but everyone must stick to the prevention and control measures.”


Professor Gabriel Leung, dean of Hong Kong University’s medical school, is in sharp disagreement on the potential infection rate for the Wuhan virus.

“We have to be prepared, that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic,” he said. The outbreak was expected to peak in April or May in five major Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou – before the number of infections could begin to gradually decline in June or July, Leung said. As many as 44,000 people could be infected in Wuhan alone, with only 25,000 likely to be showing symptoms at this time, said Leung, citing the team’s research.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

He's a polymathematical guy

You what? Is calling someone 'polymathematical' an insult? If anything, it sounds like the person saying it is ignorant of what he is trying to say.
"He's a polymathematical guy. I spent 30 years as an investor speaking to some of the best CEOs in the world, and Jurgen [Klopp] is right up there with them. If he wasn't managing a football club, he could be managing a Fortune 500 company." 
–– Mike Gordon, executive-level bigwig, Fenway Sports Group (reference, here)

Mike Gordon (far right) was sure Jurgen Klopp (black shirt), manager of Liverpool FC, was the right man to take over after just two meetings ... because he sensed Klopp was "polymathematical" !

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

What is Hong Kong Like?

Many friends and visitors to the site have asked me for my thoughts about the current political situation in Hong Kong. The answer has been evident by the way different sections of society have acted and reacted to the increasingly tense standoff between the Hong Kong Government and people. Succinctly, I observe that:-

Hong Kong people (exemplified by the protesters and their supporters) are Creative, Courageous and Committed to a free, positive and lawful Hong Kong

– Hong Kong Police are Committed and Loyal to a free, positive and lawful Hong Kong

– Hong Kong Government (epitomized by “Curry Lamb” and her cabinet) is Weak, Leaderless and Loyal to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

These two photos (taken in and around The University of Hong Kong), show Hong Kong endures. Thank you for your wishes.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ching Cheong Chinaman Notable Name

Ching Cheong, a veteran journalist who was jailed in mainland China for three years on trumped-up espionage charges, blamed the government for pushing the unpopular [extradition bill in Hong Kong] in the face of opposition from groups across a diverse political spectrum, including the legal sector and even some pro-Beijing figures.
“They have completely ignored all the peaceful, rational and non-violent expressions. The frustrations are felt across the board,” he said. “The students’ emotions are just an expression of Hong Kong society. They feel there is no way out.” (12 June 2019)

The journalist Ching Cheong has an unfortunate, ironic name because so much cultural sensitivity befalls the term "Ching Chong".

ChingChongChinaMan went to milk a cow
ChingChongChinaMan didn't know how
ChingChongChinaMan pulled the wrong tit
ChingChongChinaMan got covered in sh%t

Additional links to the history of the anti-Chinese slur (here and here). The racial slur has been used for over 100 years.