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A mere pimple on the cheek on a teenager. For a nation this size, that hosted a million or more Chinese tourists just two months ago to have so few cases is testament to the lack of spread and the devastating effects the heat has on the virus. 

 

Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden's unusual response to coronavirus
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52076293

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6 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

A mere pimple on the cheek on a teenager. For a nation this size, that hosted a million or more Chinese tourists just two months ago to have so few cases is testament to the lack of spread and the devastating effects the heat has on the virus. 

 

Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden's unusual response to coronavirus
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52076293

BBC Article 5 days old. 
 

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1264296/sweden-coronavirus-latest-covid-19-sweden-warning-infections-lockdown

 

This one a few hours ago. 

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1 hour ago, Jajazazajaja said:


so where are they hiding these dead bodies then?

Some countries, such as reportedly France, only include people who died in a hospital in their coronavirus death counts.  Anyone know if Thailand has a similar policy?

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1 hour ago, Jajazazajaja said:


so where are they hiding these dead bodies then?

They don't hang about in LOS, couple of days and you are ash....

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Anybody bother to check if they've further removed details from the reports, like they did to the telling pending test numbers?

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1 hour ago, trainman34014 said:

I think the numbers of dead are probably fairly accurate because up here in The North there is no evidence to suggest mass deaths occuring; our two local burn sites are no busier than normal at this time of year; indeed, less burning if anything than normal times. 

Likely down to fewer road deaths.

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21 minutes ago, Misty said:

Some countries, such as reportedly France, only include people who died in a hospital in their coronavirus death counts.  Anyone know if Thailand has a similar policy?

You have to be confirmed case to be counted and the testing criteria already blocks the common Thais that didn't travel, didn't work with tourists or had no contact to previous cases and do not have pneumonia.

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1 hour ago, z42 said:

Even in some of the warmer European nations there are 100's dying each day.

Europe is not warm at this time of year, it will be very, very different in June but that's 2 months away.

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1 hour ago, Guderian said:

Thailand had the first case of Covid-19 recorded outside China on 13th January. As we all know, until very recently the Thai government did little or nothing to stop the spread of the virus. Indeed, by refusing to close the borders to Chinese tourists and even encouraging them to still travel here, it seemed to be actively encouraging the virus to spread further. 

 

We've all seen in Italy, Spain and now the US how alarmingly fast the virus spreads once it gets going, with the number of new cases doubling every few days. And yet somehow that hasn't happened in Thailand, in spite of the government apparently (but hopefully unwittingly) doing its level best to maximise the chances of the pandemic spreading like wildfire here.

 

Some people, I know, will claim that there's a hidden epidemic going on in Thailand with thousands of cases every day being concealed from the public to hide the true numbers, but if that's so then I'm afraid I don't see any evidence of it. We have members with Thai partners all over the country, so where are the live reports from TV members of people collapsing coughing in the streets, or hospitals overflowing with dead bodies and medics desperately triaging patients for the few ventilators available, as is happening in northern Italy and Madrid? I don't see them, so it's not unreasonable to conclude that it's not happening, or on a much smaller scale than some people here seem to think is the case.

 

There may be a number of reasons for this, my favourite explanation is still that the virus doesn't much like the heat and humidity here and so can't transmit itself as effectively as it does in colder, drier climes. The fact that most Thais spend a lot of time outdoors rather than stuck at close quarters in a stuffy small room probably helps as well. It may also be that the original strain back in January was a mild version, while now the world is facing a different, more aggressive mutation, which hasn't has enough time to get going here yet (though the original strain here was presumably the same one that caused Wuhan to be isolated, and that was hardly a mild version given how many deaths it caused).

 

Yes, the official numbers are probably an artifact of limited testing, but they're not inconsistent with what I see when I drive around Pattaya. There's no sign of a plague in action other than the government's response in closing things down, when to judge by what's happened in Europe and the US we should be recording thousands of new cases daily and probably a thousand or more deaths. But I just don't see it happening on the ground, does anybody else?

Excellent, and very sensible post.  A Finnish, and Spain study found 95 percent of cases have been in temperatures between 28, and 50 F . 

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Seems to me that Thailand is somewhat shooting itself in the foot with these figures by doing so little tests. If they ARE only doing say 500 tests and every day 100 test positive, I'd pretty much say that is an indicator that 20% of the population have it 

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11 minutes ago, Pravda said:

Everyone is skeptical including me. However, just maybe Thai individuals (not the government) are more responsible than people back home.

 

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/04/01/opinion/canada-taking-covid-19-seriously-enough-it-didnt-look-it-my-plane-home 

This is what I'm hearing from countries in the West, it's like they can't comprehend anything going seriously wrong. Australia is a great example, they've had 30 years of growth, no one has gone without for a long time. Young people who have grown up in safe spaces will really struggle.

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40 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden's unusual response to coronavirus
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52076293

I've seen the videos of what happens when people take no measures against this virus in a colder country, it's incredibly dangerous.

 

Ecuador in this case. There are dead lying in the street for days, when they begin to smell really bad people are cremating them where they lie.

 

The health service is completely overloaded, there's more filled body bags than live patients in at least one of the hospitals, the dead are left in place - even inside peoples houses because nobody is coming to collect them. There was a woman complaining that her husband had died and nobody's come to collect him for multiple days, she wants to arrange a funeral but nobody will come.

 

Very different to Thailand, and yes - we would know.

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2 minutes ago, ukrules said:

I've seen the videos of what happens when people take no measures against this virus in a colder country, it's incredibly dangerous.

 

Ecuador in this case. There are dead lying in the street for days, when they begin to smell really bad people are cremating them where they lie.

 

The health service is completely overloaded, there's more filled body bags than live patients in at least one of the hospitals, the dead are left in place - even inside peoples houses because nobody is coming to collect them. There was a woman complaining that her husband had died and nobody's come to collect him for multiple days, she wants to arrange a funeral but nobody will come.

 

Very different to Thailand, and yes - we would know.

have you got any links to these reports?

 

 

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