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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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1 hour ago, DrTuner said:

All tourist spots with Chinese are now possible ground zeros for infection. Avoid if possible. 

Good idea, time to go home to the land of the free. 😄

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All this may bolster the point tourists need medical insurance.  Regardless, hope he survives both the illness and costs.

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2 hours ago, Dcheech said:

K Phi Phi, I sure hope it has nothing to do with pest control, and bedbugs.

That's right. Two Canadian girls died on Phi Phi of suspected phosphine poisoning. But that doesn't lead to pneumonia-like symptoms. Just death and brain lesions.

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All airports and ports of entry should be scanned. This is NOT happening.

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13 hours ago, TheDark said:

Also, there was no mention, if the person has been to Wuhan region, which is the most important information in this case. 

More likely has he been in contact with other tourists here who are from that region.

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14 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Get well soon lad, I was told the other day in China they are screening people at the airport,

starting to screen in the USA also according to some news reports.  Reminds me of the bird flu over a decade ago?  Taiwan was scanning people's foreheads as I recall checking for temperature and possible infection?

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Just now, gk10002000 said:

starting to screen in the USA also according to some news reports.  Reminds me of the bird flu over a decade ago?  Taiwan was scanning people's foreheads as I recall checking for temperature and possible infection?

I flew in during the height of the SARS scare and Thailand was screening with infrared cameras. As that was at Don Muang, I can't recall where they placed them, but yes we had to walk by them.  Really cheap airfares June 03, though. Not many passengers either, great flight.

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14 hours ago, TheDark said:

Not about the money, but more of practicality. The story also said "He had to be ferried by specialised seaplane because his damaged lungs could not cope with high altitude travel.", which indicates that there are flights between these two islands.

 

I will believe this story only after it's been reported in more reliable news sources. 

 

Also, there was no mention, if the person has been to Wuhan region, which is the most important information in this case. 

Who really cares?.....

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14 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

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 good to see Thailand in a positive light in the news for a change. 

 

It’s probably because he DID have the necessary insurance cover, Richard... ❓❓ Hence the specialty evacuation... 😄

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Was this guy in Wuhan before he came to PhiPhi?

How many more tourists got it from him on PhiPhi?

How many infected runing around on Phuket now.

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Dcheech said:

I flew in during the height of the SARS scare and Thailand was screening with infrared cameras. As that was at Don Muang, I can't recall where they placed them, but yes we had to walk by them.  Really cheap airfares June 03, though. Not many passengers either, great flight.

" In December 2017, "after years of searching across China, where the disease first emerged, researchers reported ... that they had found a remote cave in Yunnan province, which is home to horseshoe bats that carry a strain of a particular virus known as a coronavirus.

 

A quote from wiki discussing SARS and mentions coronavirus

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10 hours ago, randymarsh said:

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.

I had a British friend years ago who landed in the Uk after a holiday, totally stressed out due to business, walked very quickly and was stopped by UK airport police, the thermal imaging showed high temperature and they were worried about terrorism, (stress, nervousness = high temperature) he wasn't tested for an illness, he was questioned by the police, where had he been, where was he going, background check etc before he was allowed on his way.

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15 hours ago, webfact said:

But it is feared the Chinese authorities are hiding the true scale of the problem.

Have to be careful with this one.  So far they have reported over 1700 cases.  Also, China is not the same country and system now as in 2003.

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