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Precaution the key as fighting Covid-19 a marathon battle, says medic

By THE NATION

 

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Yong Poovorawan

 

The Covid-19 outbreak would take a long time to be contained, and citizens must be careful when the lockdown is relaxed, especially with the rainy season arriving soon, Dr Yong Poovorawan, an expert virologist, posted on his Facebook page on Saturday (May 30).

 

 

The doctor said that numerous people are worried about the Covid-19 risk in the rainy season, as well as the risk of influenza. Moreover, schools across the nation will reopen during the season, and respiratory diseases would spread from big cities to smaller ones.

 

He urged Thai people to strictly follow the virus prevention measures, especially when the lockdown is being relaxed phase by phase.

 

“We must not be careless since it is still spreading in several Asian countries, such as India and Bangladesh,” he said.

 

“As I have mentioned, we are running a marathon, not just a hundred metres sprint competition,” he said. “The relaxion is necessary as a way to get us running to our goal.”

The doctor said that the possibility of a second wave of the virus outbreak depends on people’s collaboration. “The next phase would be more severe than what we have passed through,” he warned.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388799

 

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1 hour ago, Thaiwrath said:

Bringing influenza into the equation now, which comes in various forms every year.

Good excuse to use the lockdown measures/curfew etc annually to keep control and tracking of the population.

just further damages his credibility 

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The Covid-19 outbreak would take a long time to be contained

That's code for we are going  into Big Brother mode forever!

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Is there a real flu season per se in Thailand? I had two distinct cases of flu over the winter here in Bangkok. First one in mid December could have been Covid in disguise since on the 6th I had just come back from 3 weeks in the area around Cologne Germany where there were Chinese tourists all around (and had massage in a Chinese parlor). The second at the end of January was called a common flu by a doctor I went to for a note "unfit to fly" so I could apply for some travel insurance because it caused me to cancel a flight to India. Aways seemed to me that one could catch a flu-type cold any time of year here.

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I am beginning to think there might a bit of ego involved with the continuing "pandemic". 

There seems to be an endless supply of "nobodies" suddenly capturing the limelight as "somebodies". 

 

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So it is important to keep Indians & Bangladeshi's out.

I would add UK, Spain, France, US, China, Italy, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, just to name 

a few

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Since we all need to be so careful, it looks like we are all doomed then, right? 

 

There is this little thing called reality. People need to start paying much closer attention to it. 

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The good doctor makes very good points.

I'm not optimistic that enough people will listen though. 

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The good doctor does not seem to know Covid-19 is not spreading in Thailand, it is contained.

Thus none of the consignment rules make sense.

Closing the country for foreign arrivals is the only sensible rule.

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4 hours ago, utalkin2me said:

Since we all need to be so careful, it looks like we are all doomed then, right? 

 

There is this little thing called reality. People need to start paying much closer attention to it. 

 

What reality are you referring to?

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The good doctor will now take on the common cold. Maybe better to recognize the common COVID-19; although, one can hope CV19 will go the same way as SARS (1) and MERS.

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2 minutes ago, AgMech Cowboy said:

The good doctor will now take on the common cold. Maybe better to recognize the common COVID-19; although, one can hope CV19 will go the same way as SARS (1) and MERS.

Both had very different infection properties. It can't be exactly the same. Please stop spreading blatant misinformation. 

 

Thailand isn't an island. 

 

While the virus is clearly under a good level of control here it is still raging in much of the world.

 

There is still no effective treatment or vaccine. 

 

Testing in Thailand has been very limited so it's not logical to see official numbers as reflecting actual reality. Not blaming. Just pointing out the obvious. 

 

It's way too early for Thailand to let its guard down. 

 

 

 

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