Jul2021: From SIN PM LeeHsienLoong – Tried out the TracieX breathalyser COVID-19 test before attending Parliament today. It was developed locally bySilver Factory Technology, a start-up from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The test has been registered with the Health Sciences Authority/HSA and is currently undergoing validation.
The process was fast, simple and non-invasive. I breathed into a special tube for 10 seconds, which was then closed, disinfected and placed into a reader for analysis. The whole process only took 2 minutes. I’m sure many would prefer this to a swab test!
Looking forward for validation&production – bro Leslie is one of the investors for this project.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990), one of my favourite British children’s authors who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – his message to antivaccination groups!
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
‘Are you feeling all right?’ I asked her.
‘I feel all sleepy,’ she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her. That was…in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her. On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles.
I dedicated two of my books to Olivia, the first was ‘James and the Giant Peach’. That was when she was still alive. The second was ‘The BFG’, dedicated to her memory after she had died from measles. You will see her name at the beginning of each of these books. And I know how happy she would be if only she could know that her death had helped to save a good deal of illness and death among other children – Roald Dahl,1986.
Wed: thank you for today’s lunch&dinner – yummy home-made potato salad with chicken&salad from niece May/Patricia. Managed to finished the left-overs for dinner+mini Swiss rolls from Leo for dessert. Appreciate the good company and Leo’s high-tech help for forwarding a WhatsApp message from nephew Chon/John regarding about his father, my eldest bro Lawrence’s situation to the family.
Thu: tkx to GeoffreyK/lime (or linden) and the variety is TiliaCordata/greenspire and PaulK/CornusKousa, a flowering tree Dogwood for pix of these lovely trees – now updated&edited.
Fri: grocery shopping to make use of the last weekday 3%SenSav before they change this saving for only Tue again. Today’s total bill S$90.44 after deducting S$20/voucher and S$3.42/SenSav – not including S$6.10/CoconutWater and S$21/YoléYogurt
Sat: 8yrs ago today was onto Day4 where RedSquirrels existed while hiking the UKc2c thru-hike/309km 192mi in 16days. https://amylamsg.com/2013/07/
Byebye Jul2021, finally the long awaited rains moved in&out quickly. It has been hot&balmy the past 2weeks and the last I remember seeing the rains was when I was drowsy&groggy just out of surgery! Tkx to Clement for co&popiah lunch.
31Jul2021: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:
SIN/pop 5.6+mil in an area of 721SqKm – 37
SC/USA/pop 5+mil in an area of 82, 932SqKm – 9,904
Norway/pop 5.3+mil in an area of 365,268SqKm – 799