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New COVID-19 infections in Thailand are highly contagious G viral strain – Dr. Yong

 

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The coronavirus strain, found among quarantined Thai returnees from abroad, is the mutated G strain, which has been spreading in the United States and Europe. It is not the S strain, which originally spread in Thailand, according to Dr. Yong Poovorawan of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s top virologist.

 

He said that, if there is a second wave of infections in Thailand, the G strain virus, or G614, will be dominant, because it is about ten times more contagious than the S strain, originally identified in Asia, but it does not appear to be more deadly.

 

Dr. Yong said that the CCSA has been cooperating closely, with the Institute for Prevention and Control of Urban Diseases, to study infections in state quarantine facilities, so that Thailand will be better prepared in case there is a second outbreak, most likely of the G strain. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/new-covid-19-infections-in-thailand-are-highly-contagious-g-viral-strain-dr-yong/

 

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With a 100% certainty that would happen as soon as there are land, air, and sea border relaxations. However, Thailand, with almost probably a very low (acknowledged) infection rate, if at all, has a better chance of containing a future out break to within reasonable numbers.

 

And as the mutated strain - at the moment - is apparently quantified as no less deadly, not only death rates in Thailand would be low, but more survivors would become immune - which is the next best outcome to a vaccine.

 

  

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6 minutes ago, Bkk Brian said:

Its estimated that 45% of cases are asymptomatic for the entire duration of infection. 35% have mild symptoms, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring ventilation.

 

Mild symptoms can still make you extremely sick with long term health problems.

https://time.com/5842669/coronavirus-asymptomatic-transmission/

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