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5 hours ago, Brunolem said:

How does increased testing change the number of deaths?

 

Once again, what matters is not the number of cases, but the lethality.

 

If Thailand has ten or a hundred times more cases than actually counted, all the better, that means that the lethality is far lower...

 

THIS is not rocket science, just simple arithmetics...

You apparently have total confidence in the accuracy of the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19. If those numbers are absolutely correct in terms of the percentage of deaths of infected persons, then you are correct. I do not believe that those numbers are accurate. 

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4 hours ago, Brunolem said:

It is much easier to manipulate the number of cases than the number of deaths. 

 

Cases are just statistics, but deaths are real people, with real families, some of which at least will talk. 

 

Most of Thailand is like a big village, or rather a network of small villages, where gossip travel at light speed... 

It is CAUSE OF DEATH that can be/is being manipulated. Got it?

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4 hours ago, Rod the Sod said:

What I meant was that when I ask the nurses and Specialists if they have any in-patients being treated for CV the answer is none.

Considering where we are, could they not have been instructed to give that answer to prevent panic?

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39 minutes ago, Krataiboy said:

I love these "sock it to me harder, boss" posts. May I suggest that instead of bleating fruitlessly on ThaiVisa, you all sign a petition to the Thai government pleading for a 24 hour curfew and Martial law.

 

Oh, and while you're about it, lobby for mandatory vaccination of the entire population when Bill and Melinda deliver the goods.

 

Jeez!

The flu shot is no good, but kids need all da rest.. Covid bad will be here in 14-16 months my opinion after BBC all night..Aloha

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4 hours ago, Abmong said:

24hr curfew will just cause panic buying and hoarding. Not to mention some people don't have the money to buy 10+ day's worth of food in one go, or the shops shelves will be emptied before they get there... Government should stagger the curfew instead of doing a blanket 24hr one. Divide BKK into 4 zones. each zone gets a 4hr window per day to go shop. That's 16hrs to work with, 8hrs of blanket curfew but each zone will be in effective 20hrs curfew. At least that should reduce crowding in BKK. Over crowding will surely happen if they announce a 24hr curfew as people do the mad rush to stock up for the curfew...

NO curfew should be applied to food shopping. PERIOD! As you said in your opening sentence, it will cause panic buying and hoarding; but it will also cause unnecessary crowding if there are specific "windows" for shopping. Wear masks. Use hand gel. Maintain reasonable social distancing while shopping. But keep the food stores, all of them, open for long hours.  

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30 minutes ago, patsfangr said:

That's what is done at Makro. Signs are posted on the shelves. Cashiers are aware of the limits, and will not ring up items over the limit. 

I was in my local CJ store which is a mid sized convenience store.
A women was literally clearing the shelves of dry mama packets, the large family packs of around 10 per pack.

She had about 20 packs at the check-out desk, they let her buy them?

4 people like her would have cleared the entire shelf, just ridiculous.

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2 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

I was in my local CJ store which is a mid sized convenience store.
A women was literally clearing the shelves of dry mama packets, the large family packs of around 10 per pack.

She had about 20 packs at the check-out desk, they let her buy them?

4 people like her would have cleared the entire shelf, just ridiculous.

Was she a Big Mama? 20 packs of 10s... That's a lot of Mamas

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4 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

I was in my local CJ store which is a mid sized convenience store.
A women was literally clearing the shelves of dry mama packets, the large family packs of around 10 per pack.

She had about 20 packs at the check-out desk, they let her buy them?

4 people like her would have cleared the entire shelf, just ridiculous.

I know what u are talking about, this enormous selfishness in village stores.

But, hey shouldn't the store be closed like the one in our village ?

 

The 7-11 and Tesco we have are open, but I don't know if they impose limits, I buy one milk, in and out in 30 seconds wearing a hat, mask and gloves.

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3 hours ago, w94005m said:

As an epidemiologist, you clearly have no concept of proper clinical trials. Small samples with inconsistent results show no endorsement of what you are saying. Is it worth taking? If you don't have any health issues, yeah. There's nothing to lose, but don't have high expectations. You can be sure it's being used enormously in many countries, especially in the US after the President pushed it, but are you seeing a dramatic drop off in cases and deaths? Sadly, no 😞

 

Even when they find a miracle drug, it'll be months before sufficient quantities can be produced. I'm just trying to isolate and buy time.

The information was only recently "pushed" by President Trump; literally just a few days ago. The medicine has to be prescribed by a doctor. That alone would take some number of days to happen. Then there is the issue of availability. The drug is not immediately available in huge quantities.

 

Those factors all explain why, even IF the drug were 100% effective, we would not yet see a "dramatic drop off in cases and deaths." You, as an epidemiologist, should know all of that.

 

So let's wait and see what happens over the next 3-4 weeks, as production and usage increase, before we dismiss the whole idea. OK?

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6 minutes ago, OneeyedJohn said:

But, hey shouldn't the store be closed like the one in our village

Day time the store can open as normal.

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3 hours ago, Abmong said:

That's what Trump is peddling and his own advisor Dr Fauci is not supporting... I'm more inclined to believe the good Doctor over Trump.

No one, not France, not China are saying it works, quite the opposite, even Thailand's own medical study found it has no effect other than as a placebo. You're better off drinking hot lime juice with no sugar... Cheaper too.

 

Besides faith in Trump? We don't do that here.

Looks like you're a dedicated watcher of CNN! Dr. Fauci has NOT said that President Trump's "What do we have to lose" approach is wrong. I have watched every single Task Force press conference since they began; and I can tell you that, on more than one occasion, Dr. Fauci has supported President Trump's position. He has said that there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence of success with hydroxychoroquine. He has followed that by emphasizing that it has not been specifically confirmed as a cure for COVID-19. That, in context, is what has been said by both President Trump, and Dr. Fauci. The "fake news" media is constantly trying to create a "war" between President Trump and Dr. Fauci because it fits into their unconditional anti-Trump agenda. THAT IS A FACT! 

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3 hours ago, Arkady said:

 

There seems no clear evidence that Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine is an effective therapy and it can have nasty side effects.  The same is true of the existing anti-virals including HIV treatments that have been touted in Thailand. Azithromycin is just a broad spectrum antibiotic which is known to have some effect on some viruses.  Its side effects are much less than the other suggested treatments and it can also help prevent opportunistic bacterial infections, e.g. bacterial pneumonia, which is what killed most of the Spanish Flu victims, from adding to patients' woes.

Please provide some reliable documented evidence of the "nasty side effects" of hydroxychoroquine. I have not seen that stated anywhere other than in your post here. 

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7 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Day time the store can open as normal.

What I meant was that some caution in opening is wise.  If they can afford to close for a period of time, which I suspect they can, then why not close.

Why risk lives if you don't really need to, i.e. having staff come in etc etc.

They sell a lot of stuff that school children require which is no longer a demand.

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7 minutes ago, OneeyedJohn said:

What I meant was that some caution in opening is wise.  If they can afford to close for a period of time, which I suspect they can, then why not close.

Why risk lives if you don't really need to, i.e. having staff come in etc etc.

They sell a lot of stuff that school children require which is no longer a demand.

The store sells 99% food products, so normal opening is 06:00 with the now 22:00 forced closure.

There are no restrictions of how many people are in the store at any time and as I witnessed no restrictions on amounts of food people can individually buy, making hoarding possible.

Hand gel and masks are available at the entrance, you must cleanse your hands and a mask is mandatory.

Otherwise it's business as normal.

All staff members wear protective masks and face shields.

One meter distances are required at the cash desks... which seems to be reinforced to almost every Thai customer as they bunch up as normal.

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I have enough beer to last till the end of the alcohol ban, April 16 .Please, make it at least  till then ,it will ease the burden of coviding at home!

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