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COVID-19: Which Sanitizer to Use for Post-Circuit Breaker Protection?

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Phase 2 of post-Circuit Breaker measures has begun in Singapore. As we venture out of #WorkFromHome & #HomeBasedLearning to meet more people and visit more places, here’s a good hand sanitiser that is not only effective but allows you to enjoy prolonged protection without any skin irritation.

* This story was first published in Haleness Me.

There are so many sanitisers out there in the market, what are the characteristics to look out for when choosing a good sanitiser

There are so many sanitisers out there in the market, what are the characteristics to look out for when choosing a good sanitiser?

There are many sanitisers available out there – how should we select one that will fulfill the task of protecting us from COVID-19, over an extended period of time?

When it comes to skin sanitisers, who better to get advice from than a skin specialist?

This was what I learned from Dr Coni Liu, a consultant dermatologist from DS Skin Clinic in Singapore.

Firstly, the sanitiser must be effective, not only against the SARS-COV-2 but against most pathogens that we encounter on a daily basis.

After all, that’s why we are applying a hand sanitiser right?

Generally, there are two types of hand sanitisers – alcohol-based and non-alcohol based.

The alcohol-based sanitisers are more effective and fast-acting, while the non-alcohol based sanitisers are generally less effective and slow-acting – more suitable for object surfaces rather than the skin.

Secondly, it must be kind to the skin.

Many alcohol-based sanitisers are effective but tend to be dehydrating and harsh to the skin.

Thirdly, you need one that lasts over a longer period of time, to increase the effectiveness against germs, and to reduce the need for frequent application.

This will better protect one’s skin against the damaging effects of the sanitiser and neutralise the adverse effects of the alcohol content which is necessary for killing the germs.

Dr Coni Liu, Consultant Dermatologist at DS Skin & Wellness Clinic.

Dr Coni Liu, Consultant Dermatologist at DS Skin & Wellness Clinic.

Therefore, the perfect sanitizer would be highly-effective, long-lasting, and would have a formulation which protects and moisturises the skin.

Looking at the sanitisers available in the market, they’re either alcohol-based and effective in killing germs but are unkind to our skins – or they’re non-alcohol-based but are less effective and slow acting.

Apparently that was the dilemma that Dr Liu faced when her patients asked her to recommend a good hand sanitizer that satisfied these requirements.

And guess what, she and her fellow dermatologists highlighted this problem to their boss – Dr Henry Loh – and he commissioned DS Skin Clinic’s in-house scientist Dr Richard Seow to develop a hand sanitiser that met all these needs.

To cut a long story short, after an extensive but rapid local research and development effort, DS Skin Clinic has come up with a hand sanitiser that immediately kills 99.99% of most household germs, including the SARS-COV-2 virus; lasts for 24 hours; and which is gentle to the skin through the inclusion of an emollient oil.

The DS Skin Clinic All-Day Hand Sanitizer was just launched two days ago – just in time for Phase 2 of the post-CB measures.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Read the details about the hand sanitiser below from the press release.

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Canon Singapore Launches Safe Entry Solution for Retail & Offices

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The system consists of a device with a camera, temperature screening and a scanner that reads the identification card of a visitor for an integrated safe entry experience. As the solution is also a self-service system, workplaces can reduce manpower managing entry stations.

Canon's new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon’s new all-in-one entry-control system: FACTS.

Canon Singapore announced today the launch of a digital check-in solution which enables businesses to facilitate contactless, fast and easy temperature screening and entry/exit recording for staff and customers.

The solution, which is known as Facial Access Control Temperature System (FACTS), uses an 8-inch tablet which combines the functions of a camera, infrared thermography, near-field communication (NFC) device, barcode scanner and data storage.

The tablet is a third-party device distributed by Canon Singapore.

To check in, visitors should stand within 0.5 to 0.7metre from the device to have their temperature screened via the infrared thermography.

If the visitor’s temperature is within a predetermined range, a green text box will be shown to indicate that the visitor has passed the temperature screening.

This will be accompanied by an automated voice message which says, “temperature normal”.

The device will then request for the visitor’s identity, which can be quickly obtained by scanning the visitor’s identification cards such as NRIC (the latest digital version is also accepted) and driver’s license at the barcode scanner.

The device also can be set to automatically take a photo of the visitor, if required.

It takes just a few seconds to complete the entire process.

FACTS can also be used to facilitate the use of Singapore’s national digital check-in system, SafeEntry, to help retail stores, offices and other businesses comply with safe management measures at the workplace.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: Ingestible Electronic Pills For Stomach Diagnosis

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Just as IoT is taking the tech world by storm, ingestible pills enable doctors and researchers to emplace micro sensors in our bodies to monitor sustained measurements for diagnosis or research.

In this guest blog, Nick Van Helleputte and Chris Van Hoof discuss how ingestible or electronic pills can revolutionise the way stomach ailments are diagnosed.

Mock-up of an ingestible pill with prototype transceiver. Image: Imec.

Mock-up of an ingestible pill with prototype transceiver. Image: Imec.

Speak about an electronic pill or a small ingestible machine that can be swallowed by patients to monitor their bodies – and what comes to mind is often swarms of nanobots.

The reality is a little different.

Today, breakthroughs in electronics are making it possible to imagine such ingestibles, which are small enough to be swallowed so they can stay inside a body to monitor, say, a person’s stomach condition over a period of time.

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These nifty gadgets open up a whole new frontier in medical diagnosis and research.

Think the Internet of Things (IoT) but applied to the interior of our bodies.

By emplacing sensors within our bodies, doctors and researchers don’t just get a one-off snapshot of the organ of interest.

The sensors can provide sustained monitoring of measurements over a period of time, enabling the identification of trends in the data, or triggering of alerts to flag out anomalies breaching threshold levels.

This means a doctor would be able to more accurately see the changes in a person’s digestive tract, for example, instead of having only a quick look by using a scope or collecting stool samples.

So, instead of a number of nanobots swimming inside a person, ingestibles are miniaturised versions of electronic devices that require low power and have reliable wireless communication to relay the signals that they are reading.

In February 2020, Belgium-based research outfit imec presented the world’s first fully integrated millimetre-scale wireless transceiver for ingestibles or electronic analytical devices that can be swallowed.

This breakthrough, presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2020 conference at San Francisco in February, means that in the future, ingestible devices could be easier to be manufactured and be more effective in staying in a stomach to monitor important signs of diseases, such as diabetes, Crohn’s Disease or coeliac.

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GN Hearing Offers Remote Testing And Fitting Of Hearing Aids

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

GN Hearing offers hearing assessments and fitting of its ReSound hearing aids in conjunction with ReSound Assist Live.

New ReSound Assist Live from GN Hearing gives hearing care professionals the ability to conduct remote in-ear tests using hearing aids.

New ReSound Assist Live from GN Hearing gives hearing care professionals the ability to conduct remote in-ear tests using hearing aids.

GN Hearing, a global leader in hearing aid technology, has announced new in-ear tests (also called in-situ tests) available as an extension to ReSound Assist Live at-home services.

The technology allows hearing care professionals to offer complete hearing care remotely, including hearing assessment and hearing aid fitting.

Testing and fitting of hearing aids from the comfort of the home.

Testing and fitting of hearing aids from the comfort of the home.

It allows people with hearing loss to get their hearing tested from the comfort and safety of home.

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MedTech: Remote Monitoring Solution By KaHa & EasyCare iDOC

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Singapore IoT and smart wearables firm KaHa teams up with healthcare partner EasyCare International (iDOC) to launch Remote Monitoring Solution in Singapore.

By leveraging technology, the partnership between KaHa and EasyCare iDOC aims to bring greater convenience and efficacy to healthcare management.

By leveraging technology, the partnership between KaHa and EasyCare iDOC aims to bring greater convenience and efficacy to healthcare management.

As part of the company’s commitment to health and wellness, Singapore Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company KaHa launched today its partnership with medical solutions provider EasyCare and its brand iDOC.

iDOC Clinic is a medical group founded by the EasyCare team, and EasyCare works with iDOC Clinic in the implementation of its healthcare technologies in the primary care setting.

As part of its services, EasyCare conducts annual or biannual chronic disease screening for corporate clients.

In between screenings, the iDOCWATCH together with mobile app iDOC Easy Track, will be made available to individuals to enable continuous monitoring of their health by collecting and analysing essential health data from the user to be sent to the iDOC Remote Monitoring Dashboard, which aims to improve health and fitness amongst users.

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New Arrival: Huawei Watch GT 2e In Singapore For Mother’s Day

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Huawei Singapore is launching the Huawei GT 2e (S$218) in Singapore in conjunction with the approaching Mother’s Day. Pre-orders from 21-24 April with promotions. The watch arrives in Singapore on 25 April. Prices below.

Designed for an active lifestyle, Huawei Watch 2e sports new colours: Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green and Icy White.

Designed for an active lifestyle, Huawei Watch 2e sports new colours: Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green and Icy White.

The Huawei Watch GT 2e, unveiled globally last month, is the latest addition to the Huawei Watch GT 2 series.

The Huawei Watch GT 2e is available for pre-order from today with selected consumer electronic retailers, Huawei online official stores on Lazada and Shopee at a retail price of S$218.

From 21 – 24 April, customers with a pre-order will enjoy a free gift bundle worth S$106, comprising a Huawei Body Fat Scale and an orange watch strap.

The Huawei Watch GT 2e will be available at Huawei official online stores on Lazada and Shopee as well as authorised resellers from 25 April.

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Sharp Air Purifiers Fight COVID Viruses With Plasmacluster Technology

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Sharp boasts that the air purifiers – with its patented plasmacluster technology – are the first in the world to inactivate airborne corona viruses. Prices below.

With over 80 million units of these air purifiers sold worldwide, the J80 (in this photo) and J60 will be fully stocked come Mid-May.

With over 80 million units of these air purifiers sold worldwide, the J80 (in this photo) and J60 will be fully stocked come Mid-May.

With most people staying home during the COVID-19 outbreak, here’s something to enhance safety and air hygiene at home – Sharp Air Purifiers with patented Plasmacluster™️ technology, proven to fight bacteria and viruses, including the Corona Viruses (although it has yet to be tested for SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19).

Separate research done in 2004, 2009, and 2015 have proven that the Plasmacluster™ technology in all Sharp Air Purifiers can effectively fight various types of bacteria and flu viruses – including A/H1N1, H5N1, H7N9, FCoV (which belongs to the coronavirus group).

The Plasmacluster™ technology can provide skin-beautifying effects, and are proven to improve users’ skin conditions for a few scientific reasons; improvement of skin elasticity and texture, curbs excess sebum on skin and results in smoother skin.

Product specifications and prices below.

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Revolut, StashAway & PolicyPal Launch “Medical Energizer”

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The “Medical Energizer” programme aims to support medical heroes in Singapore fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines.

“Being in the frontline is a challenging task, therefore we would like to extend our support to protect their health and families. We believe that together we would be able to support each other through this crisis,” said Val Yap, Founder and CEO of PolicyPal.

“Being in the frontline is a challenging task, therefore we would like to extend our support to protect their health and families. We believe that together we would be able to support each other through this crisis,” said Val Yap, Founder and CEO of PolicyPal.

The program offers local heroes financial, insurance and rides benefits, to support their wellbeing during this crisis.

Revolut, a Visa partner, offers medical personnel 3% cashback for every transaction made on their Revolut Visa cards without any caps and up to S$50 rides rebates per week for any ride sharing services and taxi rides.

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New Arrival: Fitbit Charge 4 Health & Fitness Tracker

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The Fitbit Charge 4 comes with built-in GPS, Spotify Control, Sleep Tools, Fitbit Pay and more. Prices below

The Fitbit Charge 4 offers up to 7 days of battery life in a sleek, swim proof design.

The Fitbit Charge 4 offers up to 7 days of battery life in a sleek, swim proof design.

Charge 4 includes Fitbit’s latest innovation, Active Zone Minutes, a new personalised standard based on your resting heart rate and age that tracks any workout that gets your heart pumping, from indoor biking to yoga, measuring the time you spend in each heart rate zone toward a weekly goal of 150 minutes.

For more guidance and motivation in today’s environment, new content has been added to Fitbit Premium, including programs, workouts from brands like barre3, Down Dog and Physique 57, mindfulness tools, challenges and more.

More details below from the press release.

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