Why is COVID-19 mild for some, deadly for others?


Here’s for the wine and cheese lovers!

A new study has shown that drinking red wine in moderation, and eating cheese could help to reduce cognitive decline, otherwise known as cognitive impairment. Now I know what you’re thinking — can it really brie? The short answer is yes! Cheese helps protect the ageing mind against cognitive decline while moderate amounts of red wine can improve brain function.

Um… What was I saying again?

Cognitive decline can occur in any age group, but is most apparent in the older members of our society. Memory loss and trouble concentrating are just some of the signs of mild cognitive impairment, which is the middle ground between dementia and the normal ageing of the human brain.

Giving your brain a bit of a boost

Besides wine and cheese, the study also showed that eating lamb and reducing your salt intake can prevent cognitive decline in the long run. Outside of dietary changes, other ways to improve brain function include physical exercise, maintaining social contact, and staying mentally active — so pick up those sudoku puzzles! Want to find out more about fighting cognitive decline? Check out this psychiatrist’s tips on how to reverse cognitive impairment.


5 Singaporean stories to catch up on

1️⃣  Following the leader: MOH’s chief health scientist has stated that 80% of Singapore’s population must be vaccinated to achieve COVID-19 herd immunity.

2️⃣  Good riddance: Dengue cases are at an all-time low since the beginning of the outbreak earlier this year.

3️⃣  Gearing up: Clinics in Singapore are preparing to conduct more COVID-19 tests as we move forward into Phase 3.

4️⃣ High-tech health: The National University Health System (NUHS) has just unveiled all the ways they’re working on bringing AI to healthcare.

5️⃣ In the dorms: Almost half of Singapore’s migrant workers have now had a COVID-19 infection.

And 5 facts to spice up your life:

1️⃣ On the naughty list: A Santa Claus impersonator in Georgia, USA has tested positive for COVID-19 — two days after he did a photoshoot with around 50 children.

2️⃣  Happy birthday, doctor! A study has found that surgeons who operate on their birthdays are more likely to lose a patient.

3️⃣ Overwhelmed: The US mental healthcare sector is struggling to keep up with its citizens needs during the pandemic

4️⃣ Zombi-flied: Researchers in Denmark have discovered a new species of fungi that turns flies into zombies and eats them from the inside out.

5️⃣ Do not eat: Officials in Wisconsin, USA, warn against the consumption of their so-called cannibal sandwich.


COVID on a spectrum

Ever wondered why some people get so ill after contracting COVID-19 while others are completely asymptomatic? A year into the current global pandemic, scientists in the UK think they’ve finally found the answer.

It’s all in the genes

Previous evidence has already told us that old age and underlying conditions like heart disease contribute to more severe reactions to the coronavirus. But this new study, which was conducted by the GenOMICC Project and looked at over 2,200 patients in intensive care units across the UK, has shown that poor immune responses were also to be blamed — and these responses are partly decided by our genetic makeup.

For example, there’s a gene called TYK2, which affects the inflammatory response of our immune systems. In some severe cases of COVID-19, it is a fault in this gene that has caused an overreaction from the immune system, leading to inflammatory lung injury.

Hope for the future

With their other findings, the GenOMICC Project hopes to help pinpoint more effective treatments for the coronavirus than what we have now. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot more work to be done in terms of both research and clinical trials, but for now, this study is providing a promising start.


Weird & Wonderful

  1. Every breath you take is an attempt to not die
  2. Eating healthy feels like a form of sobriety.
  3. Toilets should have a noise-cancelling feature.
  4. Skateparks are more wheelchair-friendly than most buildings.
  5. The brain and the mouth are the only two body parts that named themselves.

Too weary to work out?

We’ve all been there — waking up in the morning or getting home from work and knowing you should get a workout in but you just really really don’t want to. Well, we’ve got your back, readers! Here are 3 tips on how to get your body moving when all you want to do is rest:

  1. Keep it light and simple.
    If you’re feeling drained, just go for a walk or try a quick yoga workout. Taking it slow can be a great way to reset your body and your mind so you’ll feel refreshed and ready to get back into your regular routine the next day.
  2. Scroll for inspiration.
    Looking for #fitspo on social media can also give you the motivation you need to get moving for the day. You could check out how other people are staying fit and maybe even try a new workout yourself! But make sure you stay alert for false information and remember that everyone progresses at different rates.
  3. Reward (or punish) yourself.
    Exercising should be its own reward, but if you need a little extra push to get yourself in the mood, that’s okay too! Indulge in a not-so-healthy snack or treat yourself to a relaxing movie night after you’ve worked up a sweat. If bribery isn’t doing it for you, you can also try a punishment system for when you don’t get that workout in — it sounds a little sad, but hey, whatever works!


Justin is a pantry rat, a member of #teamnosleep and the go-to guy for all things web design and SEO. He enjoys having his pills with water in its purest form.