Category: Did You Know

Did you know? Glitter is a microplastic which is environmentally hazardous

When finding glitter in every nook and cranny was not enough, the sparkly microplastic reached the seas and oceans. Usually made from a combination of aluminum and plastic, glitter is sold in its most environmentally hazardous format from the beginning. This year, several British retailers have announced there will be no glitter in their store-brand Christmas products such as crackers, wrapping paper and gift bags.

Coronavirus may never go away, warns WHO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that the novel coronavirus may never go away and become an endemic – like HIV. Also that the world must learn to live with. As the world gradually eases the stringent measures it took to stem the outbreak’s spread, the WHO says the virus may never be wiped out completely.

COVID-19 may begin with digestive symptoms in children: study

COVID-19 may begin with digestive symptoms in children as a rare inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease was reported in some children in Europe and US. Earlier, it was believed that children are mostly asymptomatic carriers of the virus. The disease is might begin with diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, not cough.

UAE develops a breakthrough treatment for COVID-19

Researchers at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center (ADSCC) have developed an innovative treatment for COVID-19 that uses stem cells to cure the infection. This treatment involves extracting stem cells from the patient’s blood and reintroducing them to the lungs through inhalation of a fine mist. The mist has a therapeutic effect as it enables the lung cells to regenerate and change the response of the immune system. 

Antiviral drug shows promise against COVID-19 in clinical trials

The antiviral drug Remdesivir has shown promising results in the treatment of COVID-19 in clinical trials. Two trials of the drug were carried out: one by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the other by Gilead Sciences. More than 1,000 patients across the globe took part in NIAID’s trial. Treatment with Remdesivir was compared with supportive care with a placebo.

Largest-ever ozone layer hole above the Arctic closed

European satellite system Copernicus has discovered that the largest hole in the ozone layer over the Arctic has finally closed. Earlier in March, scientists had observed a hole forming in the layer and reasoned it as the result of dropping temperatures at the north pole. On April 23, however, it was discovered by Copernicus that the hole had closed itself.

Singapore university predicts when Covid-19 will end in Pakistan

The Singapore University of Technology and Design has predicted through mathematical modeling that Covid-19 will end around June 3 for Pakistan. Its project of data-driven estimation of end dates brings together projections for other countries as well. It uses data from Our World in Data and applies the SIR Model for Spread of Disease – The Differential Equation Model.

There are 40 illegal housing societies in Islamabad, court told

There are 40 illegal housing societies in Islamabad, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) told the Islamabad High Court on Thursday. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah, was hearing a petition filed by a man challenging the CDA demolition notice of his farmhouse. Justice Minallah asked that CDA just issues notices to poor people but what about the illegal housing societies. 

Clinical trial shows antiviral can cure most coronavirus patients in 6 days

Remdesivir, an antiviral medicine, has cured nearly all coronavirus patients after the clinical trial. A hospital in Chicago administering Remdesivir reported that the patients recovered from fever and respiratory difficulties. Remdesivir is a product of Gilead Sciences, an American biotechnology company. Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, several laboratory tests identified Remdesivir as the potential cure of COVID-19 disease.

Pakistani researchers discover genes that resist against coronavirus

Health experts at the Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, discovered that certain variants of human genes resist against coronavirus. The study published in the Journal of Medical Virology states that 2 variants of ACE2 (Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 gene) i.e. S19P and E329G might make an individual resistant to COVID-19. The experts analysed genome data of more than 1000 patients hailing from china and found that the patients had both the variants in extremely small quantities.