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How prepared is Thailand to deal with coronavirus outbreak?




Thailand on Tuesday announced its 14th case of coronavirus infection, which is the highest outside of China. 


Scientists and academics around the world have warned that Thailand is the country most at risk from the spread of coronavirus, due to the number of people who have travelled from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, to Thailand. 


Even Thailand’s public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has admitted that while the situation is under control, Thailand is unable to stop the spread of the disease.


Which begs the question, how prepared is Thailand to deal with the coronavirus or indeed an outbreak of any other new disease?


In October 2019, the Global Health Security Index examined which countries across the world are best and worst prepared to deal with an epidemic or pandemic. 


According to its website, the GHS Index is the first comprehensive assessment of global health security capabilities in 195 countries.


With the outbreak of coronavirus, the topic has once again been thrust into the spotlight.


While members of the public have been critical of the response to the outbreak by the Thai authorities, Thailand is actually one of the countries best prepared to deal with an epidemic/pandemic.


The Global Health Security Index analysed the preparation levels of each country by focusing on whether they have sufficient tools in place to deal with large scale outbreaks of disease. Scores were then measured on a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being the highest level of preparedness.


The index found that only 13 countries had sufficient resources to put up a fight against a pandemic. The good news is that Thailand is one of them. 


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The United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, were found to have the strongest measures in place to deal with an outbreak.


Thailand was ranked 6th overall, the highest ranking of any Asian country and also the highest ranking of any non ‘high income’ country. 


China was ranked in 51st place overall. 


What is Thailand doing to reduce the risk of infections from coronavirus?


Thailand has introduced a number of measures in order to try and reduce the risk from infections of coronavirus.


The latest and most significant is that as of Tuesday (28 Jan) all passengers from China will be screened on entry to Thailand. Passengers will have their temperature taken and anyone showing a high temperature or flu-like symptoms will be sent to hospital for further treatment.




Flights between Wuhan and Thailand have already been suspended, while some airlines have also begun disinfecting aircraft arriving from China. 


Military medical units have also been dispatched to 10 international airports in Thailand to provide further assistance with the screen process.


Meanwhile, Thailand’s state railway, key transport modes, shopping malls hospitals and hotels have stepped up hygiene measures in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. 


Stations with sanitising hand gels have been installed at shopping malls nationwide, while retailers have instructed staff to wear face masks.


What should you do?


The official advice from the Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is to:


  1. Regularly wash your hands with soap
  2. Sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow and not your hands
  3. Avoid close contact with anyone who shows flu like symptoms
  4. Ensure meat and eggs are cooked thoroughly prior to eating
  5. No unprotected contacted with wild or farm animals


You may also consider using hand sanitizer in order to help keep your hands clean. 

Some people have started wearing facemasks, although expert opinion is mixed on the benefits of this.




-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-01-29
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So what are you meant to do if you suspect you have the virus?


Head to the local hospital and sneeze over everyone there? or something else?

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5 minutes ago, Traubert said:

I would suggest that that is the time to put a mask on. Or carry something to sneeze into. Then go to the hospital.


An article in praise of Thailand? This will run and run. Come on, who knows better than The Global Health Security Index? 😄 Tough one to discredit with America and UK being top. Some people are going to be fulminating today. 🙂

I’m taking bets as to which poster will be the first to call this report as fake news lol. 

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