Sandun Viswajith sharing his first near-death experience with the disease, the unexpected challenges it created for him, and the slow path he took to return to his regular life again.
Sri Lanka’s national response to the COVID-19 pandemic – from health guidelines to lockdowns, curfews and, most recently, vaccination drives – has largely neglected a particularly vulnerable portion of its population.
In 2020, Sri Lanka was met with a formidable obstacle: the COVID-19 pandemic, the most severe contagion to plague the country in recent memory. As the nation scrambled to set up measures and enable mechanisms that protected its citizenry against the spread of COVID-19, it became more evident that one segment of the population was at higher risk than had been predicted—the elderly.
A new law in Norway will require advertisers and influencers to indicate if they have edited or retouches the content they post on social media. The legislation aims to curb unrealistic beauty standards, which have been linked to mental health and body image issues, particularly in children and young people.
Protein is an essential macronutrient that fuels each cell in our bodies and drives key functions such as growth, tissue repair, digestion, and hormone regulation.
Fatigue, shortness of breath, and an inability to concentrate — many patients who had contracted COVID-19 described the feeling as a “brain fog”. These refer to some of the complications that can last for weeks or months after the infection has gone away.
For many who test positive for COVID-19, overcoming the physical effects of the virus is only part of their struggle to return to life as usual.
Colorectal cancer is one of the deadliest non-communicable diseases in the world, killing over a third of all the people it affects.
Shiraz Karunaratne shared with us his personal experience of battling this form of cancer, the unexpected impact it had on his life, and how early detection, proper medical care, and continuous support were instrumental in his journey to recovery.
With Sri Lanka in the initial stages of immunising the public against COVID-19, myths and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and their alleged side-effects abound.
Sri Lanka began distribution of two COVID-19 vaccines — the Chinese-manufactured Sinopharm and the Russian Sputnik V — at the beginning of this month, after running out of stocks of the Indian-manufactured ‘Covishield’ AstraZeneca vaccine in April. Although orders for more doses had been placed ahead of time, the Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the AstraZeneca vaccine, has been unable to deliver due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in that country.
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