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9,000 people in Tak to undergo testing for Covid-19

By THE NATION

 

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The Public Health Ministry will next week undertake aggressive testing of 9,000 people in Tak province for Covid-19 after a Myanmar married couple who reside in Mae Sot district tested positive last week.

 

The district shares a border with Myanmar.

 

“The two patients are being treated at Mae Sot Hospital and have shown no symptoms so far,” Dr Rames Wongwilailuck, Tak’s public health deputy chief, said on Monday.

 

“Five other family members who carry high risk of infection are also being monitored in quarantine rooms at the hospital.”

 

Rames further added that since the infection was found in the province, the public health staff have performed aggressive testing on approximately 4,000 people, but there are no positive cases so far.

 

“Next week we will test over 5,000 people in risky areas, such as shopping malls and crowded communities. After that, we will expand the testing to around 4,000 patrol police officers in four districts that share a border with Myanmar, namely Um Phang, Phob Phra, Mae Ramad and Tha Song Yang.”

 

Meanwhile, Dr Sarayut Uttamangkhaphong, director of Region 2 Disease Control Office, has said that since October 11 product transport trucks from Myanmar that are allowed to enter Mae Sot must stay in the border checkpoint’s safety zone only. “Each truck can have only one driver and no passenger, and must stay in the safety zone awaiting their Thai partners to come and pick up the goods,” he said. “The loading can take a maximum of seven hours, while the driver must provide sample of saliva for testing.

 

“However, since October 18 the checkpoint has been closed for seven days for maintenance and will open again on October 26,” added Sarayut.

 

“During this time, border staff will install additional barricades in the safety zone, recruit additional staff as well as procure sanitary face masks for staff to use while working.

 

“We expect that when the checkpoint reopens, we will be able to accept product transport trucks at 600-700 vehicles per day,” he added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396455

 

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3 hours ago, DLock said:

I am always quite amazed at the lack of understanding around COVID. 

 

They are positive for COVID, but they are not showing any outward symptoms, like many people with COVID. They are asymptomatic. They are still contagious and can infect others, who may may not be so lucky and suffer symptoms.

What does it even matter who has Covid or spreads Covid 99.9% of people recover.....I am more worried about crossing the street than covid...

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4 hours ago, DLock said:

They are still contagious and can infect others

Unproven and a contentious point. It is thought that if they are pre-symptomatic then they can spread it but not if they are asymptomatic.

 

Determining the difference between these two groups in the first few days of an infection would prove to be difficult.

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as reported elsewhere, the 2nd wave is due November🤷‍♂️
of course they now need to ramp up testing here

 

 

3 hours ago, DLock said:

But in terms of "closed cases", the number is close to 4% mortality, not .01%...but you keep telling yourself that as you cross the street.

Without even going into the RT-PCR test reliability argument, or double counts or "with" instead of "of" etc.


This is from the CDC😉
which i expect consists of actual qualified medical experts who know a thing or two🤷‍♂️


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Source: CDC.GOV
 

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7 hours ago, DLock said:

I am always quite amazed at the lack of understanding around COVID. 

 

They are positive for COVID, but they are not showing any outward symptoms, like many people with COVID. They are asymptomatic. They are still contagious and can infect others, who may may not be so lucky and suffer symptoms.

Yes so they can be quarantined elsewhere doesn't need to be a hospital

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

“The two patients are being treated at Mae Sot Hospital and have shown no symptoms so far,” Dr Rames Wongwilailuck, Tak’s public health deputy chief, said on Monday.

Begs the question why the need for 9,000 aggressive tests?

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9 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

The thousands worldwide who have died would love to do just that !!!!

The median age of deaths is 82 years

Data shows the average age of death from coronavirus is 82.4 years

 

Data shows average age of Covid death is 82.4 years

who for the most part also have underlying conditions🤷‍♂️
Top link is .Gov.au source😉
bottom 2 links are Uk sources
so similar story both sides of the globe

just a couple quotes
"The study by Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine also suggests that fewer than six people per thousand who get coronavirus now are likely to die from it."

"The figures also show that currently 40 per cent of those who die from Covid are over 85, and a further 33 per cent are between 75 and 84"

"This is slightly higher than deaths caused by other illnesses, which has a median age of 81.5."

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