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Coronavirus in Thailand: How to protect yourself




An outbreak of coronavirus that started in Wuhan, central China, has at the time of posting, killed 41 and infected more than 1,300 people globally.


In Thailand, health officials remain on high alert after a Chinese tourist on Saturday was confirmed as the sixth case of coronavirus in the country.


Thailand is particularly at risk from a coronavirus outbreak given the large numbers of Chinese tourists, particularly those from the Wuhan area, who are visiting the country during the Chinese New Year celebrations. 


What is coronavirus?


Coronavirus is from a large family of viruses, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cause “mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives.


“These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time.”


Human coronavirus may also sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia, bronchitis or more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).


What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 


  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell


What is Thailand doing about coronavirus?


Thailand has already been screening passengers arriving from high risk locations at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, U-Tapao and Krabi airports, while it has been announced passengers will also be screened at Hua Hin airport. 


The thermal screening has also been extended to other locations in Thailand popular with Chinese tourists. On Saturday, officials in Chonburi also began screening ferry passengers to Koh Sichang.


Anyone entering Thailand who shows signs of a temperature or other flu-like symptoms has their temperature taken for a second time before being taken to the nearest hospital with quarantine facilities.


All tourists arriving from China are also being given a warning card advising them what to do should they start to feel ill.


Tour companies, guides and hotels have also been informed to closely monitor the situation and inform health officials if they notice anyone showing flu-like symptoms.


Thai Airways and Thai Air Asia have also taken steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Thai Air Asia has cancelled all flights between Wuhan and Don Mueang and Phuket, while Thai Airways have introduced a number of preventative measures which includes screening passengers and additional cleaning of cabins. 


What can you do?


You should avoid contact with anyone who has recently visited Wuhan, as well as avoiding contact with anyone who displays flu-like symptoms, such as a cold, runny nose or sore throat.


You should also practice good personal hygiene, making sure you wash your hands regularly, as well as using a hand sanitiser. 


Other advice from officials in Thailand is to avoid visiting fresh seafood markets, ensure that any meat you eat is cooked thoroughly and wear a face mask. 


-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-01-26

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11 minutes ago, URMySunshine said:

What with the smoke , strong baht and now this 2020 has got off to a pretty bad start. And strangely enough I don't have much confidence in the Thai government structures to hold up with any degree of resilience should this not just be a bad flu/SARS type scenario. Time to go home back to the UK methinks. 

I'm thinking more about people who are planning to travel here some time soon.


If this thing does get out of control then all it takes is one 'non essential travel warning' from the governments of the world and tourism ends due to a lack of insurance.


I've read elsewhere about an evacuation of foreign citizens either in motion or being planned by the US, UK, France, etc, etc, etc......


Things are about to get moving. What's the lag between Chinas first case and Thailands? 2-3 weeks max I think


Then there's this : "US Chartering flight to evacuate citizens from Wuhan" which is under quarantine - things are about to get real.


The U.S. government was reportedly given special permission to defy the lock-down by China’s foreign ministry following intense negotiations. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing confirmed last week that all U.S. government employees and family members had been ordered to leave the city.


Source : https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-chartering-flight-to-evacuate-citizens-from-wuhan-china-over-coronavirus

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4 minutes ago, Conno said:

[Also posted this on the other recent thread on this subject]

I'm not one to normally be phased over these types of things and as it stands right now with luck it will fizzle out.....however it appears the real extent of the contagion is being suppressed in China [shouldn't surprise anyone] Some of the video's that are leaking out past the censorship on social media are a bit disturbing. If these clips and images can be believed people are literally just falling over in the street, authorities blocking roads with piled up dirt and officials forcing people into ambulances when they'd prefer not to.


In that particular clip you can hear what is either Chinese celebration fireworks going off in the background or that is gunfire? After saying that I can't imagine many are in the mood for celebrating NY in that region at the moment. Watching this closely.




Alarmist clips from Wuhan could just as easily be a panicked frightened population in a state of mass panic and hysteria as that of virus victims. In the next few days and when the WHO opine we should know more. In the meantime wise heads may well want to stock up on face masks and hand gel and avoid large gatherings as a precaution. 

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23 minutes ago, SkyFax said:

It is the old pilot's joke that the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport.


Depending where you are in Thailand, by not traveling back to UK at the present you might have less exposure to the C-Virus staying right you are.

I'm in Yala and the only farang here mostly confined to barracks with a supply of face masks and hand gel. It's very safe here if the terrorists don't get you and no tourists visit. So yes bunker down here for the foreseeable. Just done saibaht with an old monk escorted by 2 Thai army in their hilux so that's me protected for the day. The muslims don't much smile though and there is no night life scene at all. Nor do Thais go out in the evening anymore think Northern Ireland in the troubles and you get a rough picture. 

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