Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Covid-19, SARS, and MERS

WORLD Health Organization (WHO) announced Covid-19 as the official name for the disease caused by new coronavirus on February 2020. The new virus was first reported from Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.

Actually, coronavirus was already familiar to us since it was the virus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which also originated in China in 2002-2003 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Middle East. Covid-19 is caused by the new strain of coronavirus, so that's why it is called new or novel coronavirus.
SARS killed 774 people between November 2002 and July 2003. Covid-19, has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 75,000 others in the firt one month.
At a briefing on 17 February WHO’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that more than 80% of patients with Covid-19 have a “mild disease and will recover" and that it is fatal in 2% of reported cases. In comparison, the 2003 outbreak of SARS had a case fatality rate of around 10% (8,098 cases and 774 deaths), while MERS killed 34% of people with the illness between 2012 and 2019 (2,494 cases and 858 deaths). (*)

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

We Start It Again

After years not having cycling activities, I started it again with my neighbours on Sunday, February 16, 2020. We explored relatively moderate track from our base at Permata Puri Ngaliyan going uphill to the southmost point of BSB City and back to the base for about 17.5 kilometers.
I used my silver low-end hybrid bike Poligon Heist 1.0 and it took about two hours, including taking a break at a small food stall before Kedungpane Jail for having breakfast. It was so fun and we will likely make it regularly at least twice a month every Sunday morning. (*)

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Elwin, Pianis Semarang yang Mendunia

Elwin saat bermain piano di studio BBC London. 
SATU lagi orang muda berbakat asal Semarang mendunia berkat ketekunan dan kerja keras di bidang yang digeluti. Elwin Hendrijanto (30) menjadi pianis sekaligus komponis kenamaan di London, Inggris, dan mengerjakan banyak proyek mulai dari musik ilustrasi film animasi hingga iklan produk-produk kelas dunia.
Setelah meraih gelar master di bidang musik komposisi dari Royal College of Music di London pada 2010, Elwin banyak mendapat tawaran untuk menggarap proyek musik, terutama untuk film dan iklan.
Beberapa di antaranya adalah membuat komposisi musik ilustrasi film animasi Jons and the Spider dan MEM, serta untuk iklan video parfum mewah Chanel No 5 dan produk piano terkemuka Steinway & Sons yang direkam di Abbey Road Studios, London.
Untuk kelas nasional, dia dipercaya menggarap proyek musik Miss Indonesia 2015 dan musik ilustrasi untuk film Dreams yang merupakan film perdana juara X-Factor 2013 Fatin Shidqia Lubis.

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