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Nurses are heroes of the COVID-19 crisis. May 12 is International Nurses Day, which commemorates the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the first “professional nurse.” The World Health Organization also named this year the “Year of the Nurse” in honor of Nightingale’s 200th birthday. To nurses everywhere, this day and this year have great significance. Nurses, …

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn to dusk. This fasting is challenging for those with diabetes as it increases the risk of hypoglycaemia, a condition where the blood sugar level becomes abnormally low, which in worsening situations may lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, or even death. In …

As much of the world gets used to social distancing, school closures and restrictions in movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic, obvious questions are being asked about how governments and companies can prepare themselves for these sorts of extreme events. One technique that has gained prominence in helping business people and officials deal with …

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opposition to wildlife markets grows among Asian countries. With the fear of the occurrence of another disease outbreak like the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, 79% of respondents from selected Asian markets expressed their approval of the closure of illegal and unregulated wildlife markets, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) survey …

Countries all over the world are announcing their plans to emerge from COVID-19-inflicted lockdown, and the Asia-Pacific region is no different. Even countries like Thailand and Viet Nam, that have not suffered a heavy infection rate or death toll, must now reckon with the economic damage caused by the pandemic, and are eager to cautiously …

The Singapore Management University (SMU) announced the establishment of a new SMU Resilience Fund to help students who are facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The $2.5 million Fund comprises three coordinated components – SMU CARES (comprising funds from the University’s own resources), SMU GIVES (made up of contributions from the SMU Community), and SMU HELPS (assistance supported by donors). …

Some people question why the current coronavirus has brought the world to standstill while a previous deadly coronavirus, SARS, did not. Others have questioned why a vaccine is so urgently needed now to stop the spread of the current coronavirus when a vaccine was never developed for SARS. I study viruses and am so fascinated …

These countries are the world’s biggest remittance recipients, data collected by the World Bank reveals. Remittances are quickly rising as the largest source of external financing in developing countries, according to the World Bank’s report published in 2019. Leading the way is India, accounting for $78.6 billion of the remittances received in 2018, the period …

Asians are the quickest to pick up the habit of wearing face masks during this pandemic. To protect themselves from COVID-19, Asian countries are the quickest to adopt the habit of wearing face masks, Ipsos revealed in their survey findings published April 16. The Ipsos survey was conducted in regular three-day intervals from March 12 …

Facing a pandemic, people have emptied grocery shelves to stockpile toilet paper in their homes. Toilet paper companies experienced a tremendous upsurge in revenue for the month of March, data from the Statista Consumer Market Outlook reveals. Statista examined the revenue data of toilet paper in March 2020 compared with March 2019 in selected countries. …