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British tourist fighting for life in Thailand feared to be first western victim of mystery Chinese coronavirus


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An impressive response from the medical services.    Its good to see this response rather than ‘no insurance no hospital’ type approach...    Even in unfortunate circumstances it’s go

yeah because when you are dying from a mystery virus the first thing you think is "mind if we take a longboat mate i need to save a few quid.."  

Well, this is reported by 'The Sun' no less who clearly haven't done their homework. High altitude travel is not possible from an island with no airport!  

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2 hours ago, Moonlover said:

 

Well, this is reported by 'The Sun' no less who clearly haven't done their homework. High altitude travel is not possible from an island with no airport!

 

Well when was the Sun ever know for high quality accurate reporting ... On the other hand if a diver gets into trouble and have to be flown to a hospital that has a decompression tank - They will be flown at just a few thousand feet ASL.  Maybe something along that line here .. Lung problem .. get a sea plane and fly low ...     

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3 hours ago, hithere said:

Rough sea, could think a few things more as well

 

With the seas we have at the moment, a speedboat would take maximum 1 hour 45 minutes. Arrival close to the best hospitals. 

All in all probably much faster than organising seaplane and transfer from landing.

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1 hour ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

And yet Thailand's first imported cases out of China was allowed to travel by air out of Wuhan despite having come down with a variety of symptoms several days prior to her flight.  Only to then be detected and caught upon arrival at Swampy.

 

Yes, in the early days of the outbreak before they knew the nature of the virus and had just started screening. It has an incubation period as do all viral diseases.

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3 hours ago, Moonlover said:

 

Well, this is reported by 'The Sun' no less who clearly haven't done their homework. High altitude travel is not possible from an island with no airport!

 

 

if you're going to cut and paste stories here it's advisable to use a reliable source not a tabloid rag.

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2 hours ago, Mavideol said:

what about the ones driving to nearby provinces/cities and get into the planes/trains/bus for better traveling deals, how they control them.... my in laws in Hunan, yesterday, told us they have 5-6 in their city hospital, they were driving when they felt sick.... great control they have

Yes dear, of course the admissions lists are out in the public domain. It's not a matter of 'feeling sick' there are million ways to get pneumonia, most of them are simply bronchiolitis in elderly or already sick people .

 

They swept the pnuemonia wards across Wuhan, tested the 117 cases and found none of them had this virus.

 

By the way, Wuhan and Changsha (Hunan) aren't nearby. Its 346 miles by car. Bit far to go for a better deal.

 

If's and and's, pots and pans.

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2 hours ago, Mavideol said:

I guessing you don't know the Chinese way of tracking.... they are only tracking potential dissidents, the rest (virus included) are not important, let the outside world deal with it,  they have too many people over there, 1.4 billion, a couple 1.000's dead it's not a big deal

Utter rot. They have a whole branch of their health service dedicated to the prevention of communicable diseases.

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32 minutes ago, Traubert said:

Yes, in the early days of the outbreak before they knew the nature of the virus and had just started screening. It has an incubation period as do all viral diseases.

 

Not so early...

 

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The case is a 61-year-old Chinese woman living in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On 5 January 2020, she developed fever with chills, sore throat and headache. On 8 January 2020, she took a direct flight to Thailand from Wuhan City together with five family members in a tour group of 16 people. The traveler with febrile illness was detected on the same day by thermal surveillance at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Thailand, and was hospitalized the same day. 

 

The local authorities in China let her fly out of the country, and yet a few hours later, she was detected and stopped at Swampy via heat screening for having a fever, and ultimately diagnosed with the virus...

 

The Thai authorities spotted her. The Chinese authorities did not.

 

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33 minutes ago, stevenl said:

With the seas we have at the moment, a speedboat would take maximum 1 hour 45 minutes. Arrival close to the best hospitals. 

All in all probably much faster than organising seaplane and transfer from landing.

 

But how many speedboats are set up as ambulances with proper facilities?

 

Also, any indication whether the guy was vaping?  There's been some horror stories about people vaping the wrong fluids and ending up in a similar condition... 

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17 minutes ago, impulse said:

 

But how many speedboats are set up as ambulances with proper facilities?

 

Also, any indication whether the guy was vaping?  There's been some horror stories about people vaping the wrong fluids and ending up in a similar condition... 

How many sightseeing seaplanes available on short notice are set up as ambulances?

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6 minutes ago, stevenl said:

How many sightseeing seaplanes available on short notice are set up as ambulances?

 

Thailand has a thriving offshore oil industry out of Songkhla and Sattahip.  Nearby countries, even more so.  And a seaplane ambulance could have come up from Singapore or KL or down from BKK, where outfits like SOS International have them pre-situated.  And I'm pretty sure the Thai military has assets like that on call.

 

I don't know where they'd find a seaplane like that.  But it's not my job to know.  It is theirs.

 

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Just now, impulse said:

 

Thailand has a thriving offshore oil industry out of Songkhla and Sattahip.  Nearby countries, even more so.  And a seaplane ambulance could have come up from Singapore or KL or down from BKK, where outfits like SOS International have them pre-situated.  And I'm pretty sure the Thai military has assets like that on call.

 

Sure, all maybe options.

And there was me thinking he had to be rushed to a better equipped hospital.

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1 minute ago, stevenl said:

Sure, all maybe options.

And there was me thinking he had to be rushed to a better equipped hospital.

 

Which is more important, getting him to a better equipped hospital a little faster, or keeping up his treatment enroute, while not bouncing him around on a speedboat for a couple of hours?  

 

Once again...  I don't know.  I wasn't there, and it's not my job anyway.  Fortunately, there are people who do that for a living.

 

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I've never heard of thermal surveillance before.  How does it work?  Is it just a fancy word for checking someone's temperature, or is it the futuristic scanning of literally everyone in the airport robocop style like I hope it is.

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