Remember the viral hit about pen, apple and pineapple? Coronavirus version released
The famous Japanese comedian and musician Pico-Taro (real name Kazuhito Kosaka) updated his 2016 hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen.
Now it sings about how to wash your hands with soap and water, and the abbreviation PPAP now stands for Pray-for-People-And-Peace (that is, "Pray for people and the world").
Here's how it goes:
I have a hand
I have a soap
I have a soap
I have a hand
Clean hand Clean hand
Pray for People And Peace
We will WIN.
The video with the song on YouTube has already gained over one million views. Mostly, these were Japanese Web users.
However, the songwriter is not used to such popularity: in October 2016, his hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest song, which was included in the rating of the best Billboard.
Ben McLean, a student at Darmouth University, said his family was surprised when Winston became the world's first dog found with COVID-19. Ben's parents were tested and detected with the new coronavirus in March. His father, a doctor at a hospital in North Carolina, became ill first, and soon his wife became infected. Ben McLean showed symptoms but was not tested.
After recovering, the three decided to participate in a study conducted by Duke University. Patients were asked to donate plasma and be tested for antibodies. Subsequently, they were asked for permission to have their pets tested.Winston was tested on April 1 and the result was positive.
All members of the McLean family, including Winston, have been declared healed and now practice social distance as a precaution. "Winston recovered. Today I went for a walk and ran through the park," said Ben McLean.
Disposable masks have invaded the beaches of Hong Kong where, for several months, residents have been covering their faces to protect themselves from the new coronavirus.
According to environmental associations, these masks add to the already worrying amounts of plastic waste floating in Hong Kong's waters, writes Agerpres.
"The disposable mask is just another weight we leave to future generations," said Gary Stokes, co-founder of OceansAsia.
Shortly before the pandemic broke out, the Hong Kong environmental organization launched a one-year study on waste and microplastics found on one of the country's most remote and uninhabited islands.
The five most commonly found items were bottles, polystyrene packaging, lighters, disposable cutlery and plastic straw.
Currently, disposable masks float on the surface of the sea, along the beaches and the coast.
Recently, environmentalists identified and collected 70 masks within a radius of 100 meters. A week later, another 30 masks were found.
"Since people started wearing masks, the consequences of this phenomenon are now visible on the beaches," Stokes said.
Hong Kong's nearly 7.5 million people produce six million tons of waste each year, of which only about 30% is recycled.
Comic-tragic situation for the passengers of an air flight. 12 of the 91 passengers on a Qatar plane flying to Athens were tested negative for the new coronavirus. On landing, however, they were tested again, the result being a positive one.
As a result, Greece has suspended all flights to and from Qatar after some passengers on a Doha to Athens flight tested positive for COVID-19. Greek authorities say 12 of the passengers contracted the virus, the rest being healthy. "Because of this, flights to and from Qatar are suspended until June 15," they said.
However, the airline claims that all the passengers of the flight were healthy before boarding, in Doha.
Among those tested positive are nine Pakistani citizens living in Greece, two Greeks living in Australia and a member of a Greco-Japanese family. These people will be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks.
After a gradual exit from isolation on May 4, the tourist season officially begins on June 15 in Greece, with the reopening of seasonal hotels and the resumption of numerous international flights from the regions least affected by the pandemic.
Greece on Friday announced the opening of airports in Athens and Thessaloniki for tourists from 29 countries, including 15 in the European Union, starting June 15.
Between June 15 and 30, the planes will only be able to land in the two cities. The other regional airports and those on the Greek islands will not reopen until July 1.
People with baldness are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and die from it. They have hormones that help the virus.
People with baldness are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and die from it. Androgenic hormones are what make men lose their hair as they age. Researchers in Madrid are investigating the effects of these hormones on the coronavirus. Their studies have shown that balding men are more affected by coronavirus than non-balding men. Professor Carlos Wambier, of Brown University, the leader of one of the studies, says people with baldness have a higher risk of dying from coronavirus because male hormones help the virus attack cells, according to the Daily Mail.
A definite link has been established between androgen hormones, which cause hair loss in men, and the worst cases of COVID-19 in Spanish hospitals. "Baldness is a perfect predictor of a severe case," says Professor Wambier. The discovery could be called the Gabrin Sign, after the first US doctor to die of coronavirus was Frank Gabrin, a bald man, researchers say. Worldwide, there are 6,720,127 people infected with COVID-19 and 393,536 people have been killed by the virus. People with baldness are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and lose their lives because of it.