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5-Minute Read: Everything You Need To Know About Coronavirus (Covid-19)



There’s been a lot of panic in the US ever since news of the coronavirus broke out. Since then, there’s been mass hysteria that’s been further perpetuated by the media. I’ve been keeping tabs on the news and unfortunately the majority of news outlets aren’t fact-checking their statistics, death-tolls, and facts.

Therefore, I decided to put together a 5-minute quick read to give you all the verified facts you need about the Coronavirus, so you’re not out there panicking like everyone else. Share this with everyone you know, and help spread FACTS instead of hysteria. All facts in this article are sourced from legitimate sources such as the Center Of Disease Control, World Health Organization, and science journals.

I’ll also keep this as updated as possible. Last updated: 8/3/20.

What IS the Coronavirus?

For those who think that coronavirus is some sort of “new” virus, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The term coronavirus simply refers to the type and general shape of the virus. The virus is round and appears to have a “crown” when viewed under a microscope, hence it’s named “corona” (Latin for crown) virus.

Coronavirus’ real name

The one that’s scaring the living crap out of most us right now has several names, Novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19. If you see any of these names on the news, they’re all talking about the same virus.

Coronavirus comes from animals

Coronaviruses weren’t supposed to infect humans. The virus infects animals and because of our contact with livestock, a spillover can take place. A Spillover is when a virus that’s NOT meant to infect humans, actually infect humans. It’s extraordinarily rare and considered an anomaly. Humans get viruses from animals all the time, but the viruses can’t bind or reproduce their human host, and in 99.99% of cases nothing happens.

In the rare event that the virus can successfully reproduce and infect a human host, we have a problem. And usually a MAJOR problem.

Are Asians More Likely To Get/Spread COVID-19?

Anyone can contract COVID-19. Any misinformation about Asians and Chinese being more susceptible because of genetic markers is purely xenophobia and utter nonsense.

If you see any posts like these on social media, do the following:

  1. Call them out on their bs.
  2. Recite facts from the CDC or WHO

Don’t let these idiots spread misinformation and fear among your community.

How It Affects Children

In China, more than 44,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were children. And 416 cases (less than 1%) were children younger than nine. Zero cases of fatalities in children reported thus far.

How it affects children

  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Less than 50% have a fever

Symptoms tend to be more subdued in children than in adults. This is likely because children tend to have healthier lungs than adults. Children who were diagnosed with COVID-19 recovered quickly within 1-2 weeks and sustained no permanent lung damage.

How It Affects Adults

Adults will get worse symptoms than children, but nothing fatal. If you’re a healthy adult who’s survived the common cold and the flu each year, you’ll likely be perfectly fine. Prepare for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

How It Affects The Sick And Elderly

Elderly and anyone with heart disease, diabetes, or any lung disease, are more likely to experience more severe and sometimes fatal symptoms of the COVID-19.

  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

Most reported deaths have been from those with the conditions above and the elderly.

Proper Way To Protect Yourself

Stop wearing facemasks and start washing your hands. Facemasks simply don’t work. The virus spreads via droplets which can leave any surface it makes contact with contagious for up to 2 weeks. Facemasks won’t protect you. Hand sanitizers, soap, and water will.

Tell your loved ones to wash their hands too and that should greatly reduce their likely hood of contracting the virus.

Other Types Of Coronaviruses

This isn’t the first time. Far from it. Below are other strains of the coronavirus that you may be familiar with, but didn’t recognize it as “corona”.

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

It started in 2002 in China also from contact with animals. Infected 26 countries. More than 8000 reported cases and 774 known deaths. Luckily it was contained in 2003. )

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

Coronavirus named MERS-CoV originated in Saudi Arabia in 2012 from contacts with camels. Later research found that MERS-CoV originated from bats. 2494 laboratory-confirmed cases with 858 known deaths so far bringing death rate to 37.1%.

DO NOT Trust Statistics – Yet

Any published numbers you see online, are likely wrong. None of it is even close to the truth or remotely accurate. Here’s why:

  1. Most cases aren’t reported: It’s only been known to be life-threatening for the already sick and elderly. Most people simply aren’t rushing to the ER when they get a fever or start coughing.
  2. Not enough tests: Last week federal government promised to ship 1.5 million test kits, however, it’s unclear how many actually were sent. Some sources claim 1.1 million, others claim only 700K. What is known, is that there aren’t enough kits being made or distributed nationwide.

News outlet will claim the spread of the coronavirus has “exploded” or is “getting out of control”. It’s a virus, and this is what actually happens in ANY viral pandemic. It’s a virus that’s airborne and naturally, the number of people it actually infects is always significantly higher than reported cases. This doesn’t mean the coronavirus has gone out of control, not at all. It’s simply behaving predictably – infecting exponentially more people than we can monitor.


Nature’s #MeToo: How Female Animals Fight Back



The #MeToo social movement has gained international attention over raising awareness against sexual abuse and publicizing sex crimes and harassment. As it turns out, females fighting back when facing injustice isn’t exclusive to humans. In fact, recent studies show that certain animals also have their own ways of retaliating when ill-treated. 

Yes, nature has its very own #MeToo movement, and the hummingbirds and octopuses show us how it’s done in the wild.

#MeToo: Female Hummingbirds Take What’s Theirs

First, let’s talk about hummingbirds, particularly the white-necked jacobin hummingbirds (Florisuga mellivora). The male birds of this species have blue-colored heads and throats, while female ones have more muted hues – olive-green heads and backs, with spotted throats. On the other hand, some females also have blue coloring, and they often use it in their #MeToo movement.

According to a study published in Current Biology, researchers found that female birds display their blue coloring. Though birds often show their colorful features during mating season to attract those of the opposite sex, the study found that procreation isn’t their motivation. In fact, males don’t seem to prefer blue-colored female birds.

University of Washington evolutionary biologist Jay Falk who led the study, said mating choices don’t exclusively determine animals’ looks. Falk’s team released over 400 birds in Panama and used genetics to know their sex to conduct the study.

To make the research even more interesting, the researchers placed green or dull-colored dummies on feeders. According to the results of the study, males attempted to mate with the dummies, mistaking them for live female birds.

Falk described male jacobins as the” show-off jocks of the hummingbird world,” and for a good reason. Aside from attempting to court the dummies, some male birds also attacked the dummies. And when this happened, other species of hummingbirds also followed suit. According to Falk, this only goes to show why female birds wanted to show off their blue color – they want to have as much power as the males.  

Female Octopuses Don’t Stand Back

For other animals, it takes a lot more than showing colors to gain a bit of leverage in the struggle for power between genders. Such is the case for female octopuses off the Australian coast. Their #MeToo move? They throw a fit – literally. 

University of Sydney scientist Peter Godfrey-Smith and his team filmed Sydney octopuses at a site in Jervis Bay. Some people call the place Octopolis because it’s one of the few locations in the sandy sea bottom where the octopuses can create dens, thus their big population in the area. 

According to the study, the females throw shells and silt to target males that harass them. How do they do it? Godfrey-Smith says the females hold algae, silt, or other objects under their bodies with their tentacles. They then angle their siphons and shoot water afterward. As a result, they propel the projectiles in a move akin to throwing.

Godfrey-Smith says octopuses often use this move to excavate dens or to dispose of the remains of meals. In that sense, it was easy to assume that the move was a harmless deed without malice. However, they started to suspect that something was up when they saw that the females hit males.

When they gave it a closer look, they indeed found the difference between throws that clear the den and throws that target others.

In fact, they even caught a female octopus throwing silt ten times at a male that was attempting to mate with her. The female was successful in hitting its target five times. The male tried to duck and avoid the projectile but to no avail.

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Hackers Threaten The Alexander Lukashenko Regime



A group of hackers threatens Alexander Lukashenko’s empire. The hackers say they have data of all corrupt and misdoings of the dictator.

Belarus is a country bordered by Russia and Ukraine. It is the 13th largest country in Eastern Europe, with a population of 9.3 million. Its dictator, who has been appointed into office since 1994, is the first president of Belarus. For close to three decades, Alexander Lukashenko reigned supreme with the most restrictive police authorities. The tyrant used his power to remain in office to date.

However, Alexander Lukashenko’s opposition is trying to overthrow this almost 30-year regime by collaborating with a group of hackers. They aim to expose the wrongdoings of Alexander Lukashenko and his political intentions. 

The group of hackers called Belarus Cyber Partisans consists of activists in Belarus with over 77,000 subscribers on Telegram. Belarus Cyber Partisans has penetrated Belarus’s authoritarian government. 

Leaked information about Alexander Lukashenko

It all started when Belarus Cyber Partisans leaked information they gathered from the most confidential government and police networks. These activists protested against the dictator in September 2020. It’s by using government websites to unleash a series of fraudulent systems — including the country’s most recent election. 

Although Lukashenko won by a mile, the people of Belarus believed that the win was a total fraud. Experts believe that this might be the most comprehensive hacks of a nation in history. 

Belarus Cyber Partisans claims they have successfully infiltrated a majority of the Belarus administration by breaching the most sensitive police and government networks. The group has released evidence of Belarus police crimes, the country’s cover-up on the real COVID-19 mortality rate, and the violent crackdowns on the people’s peaceful protests. 

Since the group has hacked almost all of the administration’s systems, they assured more information is coming. They say that the series of leaked information is just a fraction of the other ruthless crimes that Alexander Lukashenko committed. 

An anonymous Belarus Cyber Partisans representative said in an MIT Technology Review interview that, “What we want is to stop the violence and repression from the terroristic regime in Belarus and to bring the country back to democratic principles and rule of law.”

The country’s thriving IT scene led to the formation of the Belarus Cyber Partisans. The group comprises 15 IT professionals who started causing turmoil in September 2020 when the group began defacing the country’s government websites.

Help from officers and former politicians

In December 2020, Belarus Cyber Partisans sought the help of a Belarusian law enforcement group called BYPOL. This is an organization of intelligent officers and former politicians working from outside and inside the country to dethrone Alexander Lukashenko and end his unjust and cruel methods. Last year alone, the dictator arrested over 27,000 people from peaceful protests. 

A former Belarusian diplomat attested to the regime’s criminal activities and supported both groups’ plans in exposing Alexander Lukashenko’s misdeeds. He says the groups will open the people’s eyes by making the crimes more “transparent.”

The series of leaked information also included drone footage of violent crackdowns of the people’s protest, audio recordings, and video feeds from surveillance cameras and isolation cells. 

Overall, the Belarus Cyber Partisans’ goal is to weaken the regime’s infrastructure by implementing cyberattacks that cripple the government’s security forces. Moreover, the group also ensures that protesters get the protection they need.

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Kim Kardashian Breaks The Internet. Again.



Hey everyone. Kim Kardashian did another thing. And it’s not what you expect.

This year’s 2021 Met Gala theme was “American Independence.” This theme was so open that the outfits, dresses, and costumes were absolutely all over the place. From Frank Ocean’s puppet to Grimes’ Sci-Fi Warrier outfit, to AOC’s “Tax The Rich” gown this year’s Met Gala was one to see.

And who stood out amongst the crowd? Why, Kim Kardashian, of course.

When people expect something from you, the best way to maintain attention is to take that expectation and flip it on its head. Because Kim knows how to “break the internet,” Twitter went HAM on memes. 

Here’s a compilation of all the best memes made from Kim Kardashian and her attention-seeking outfit. 

If I woke up seeing that I’d have a very wet bed.

Definitely knock before entering.

Some people may be very disappointed when they unlock this character.

Me. So, so me.

Quick! Throw a Pokeball at it!

Best anti-social social outfit ever.

“dementor” is a little on the nose, no?

You know who had a way more impressive Met Gala appearance than Kim Kardashian? Lil Nas X.

Look at how shiny she is. You go on Lil Nas X, with your gay C-3PO look.

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