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Coronavirus in Thailand: How to protect yourself

 

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An outbreak of coronavirus that started in Wuhan, central China, has at the time of posting, killed 41 and infected more than 1,300 people globally.

 

In Thailand, health officials remain on high alert after a Chinese tourist on Saturday was confirmed as the sixth case of coronavirus in the country.

 

Thailand is particularly at risk from a coronavirus outbreak given the large numbers of Chinese tourists, particularly those from the Wuhan area, who are visiting the country during the Chinese New Year celebrations. 

 

What is coronavirus?

 

Coronavirus is from a large family of viruses, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cause “mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives.

 

“These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time.”

 

Human coronavirus may also sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia, bronchitis or more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 

 

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

 

What is Thailand doing about coronavirus?

 

Thailand has already been screening passengers arriving from high risk locations at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, U-Tapao and Krabi airports, while it has been announced passengers will also be screened at Hua Hin airport. 

 

The thermal screening has also been extended to other locations in Thailand popular with Chinese tourists. On Saturday, officials in Chonburi also began screening ferry passengers to Koh Sichang.

 

Anyone entering Thailand who shows signs of a temperature or other flu-like symptoms has their temperature taken for a second time before being taken to the nearest hospital with quarantine facilities.

 

All tourists arriving from China are also being given a warning card advising them what to do should they start to feel ill.

 

Tour companies, guides and hotels have also been informed to closely monitor the situation and inform health officials if they notice anyone showing flu-like symptoms.

 

Thai Airways and Thai Air Asia have also taken steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

 

Thai Air Asia has cancelled all flights between Wuhan and Don Mueang and Phuket, while Thai Airways have introduced a number of preventative measures which includes screening passengers and additional cleaning of cabins. 

 

What can you do?

 

You should avoid contact with anyone who has recently visited Wuhan, as well as avoiding contact with anyone who displays flu-like symptoms, such as a cold, runny nose or sore throat.

 

You should also practice good personal hygiene, making sure you wash your hands regularly, as well as using a hand sanitiser. 

 

Other advice from officials in Thailand is to avoid visiting fresh seafood markets, ensure that any meat you eat is cooked thoroughly and wear a face mask. 
 

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It's hard to ascertain at the moment as to how bad this is and how bad it could become. It maybe the case that the Chinese have under reacted and then overreacted to a new virus emerging and the resultant panic has overwhelmed the health services. The mortality rates that first indications suggested were around the 4% maybe much lower as many may have had mild symptoms and got better without reporting. In that case it would be 'bad flu' or 'SARS ++' as it were. Not a huge concern if you are not infirm , young or immune system deficient in some way. 

 

It is a murky, alarming developing story to be sure but the Guardian is telling me not to be worried for the time being. So I won't be. And even the Daily Mail have cranked down their doomsday headlines. 

 

Right off to twitter to get scared again.....

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/25/what-is-the-coronavirus-wuhan-china-virus-symptoms

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1 minute ago, ukrules said:

Cancel your holiday, go somewhere else....it's over!

What with the smoke , strong baht and now this 2020 has got off to a pretty bad start. And strangely enough I don't have much confidence in the Thai government structures to hold up with any degree of resilience should this not just be a bad flu/SARS type scenario. Time to go home back to the UK methinks. 

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[Also posted this on the other recent thread on this subject]

I'm not one to normally be phased over these types of things and as it stands right now with luck it will fizzle out.....however it appears the real extent of the contagion is being suppressed in China [shouldn't surprise anyone] Some of the video's that are leaking out past the censorship on social media are a bit disturbing. If these clips and images can be believed people are literally just falling over in the street, authorities blocking roads with piled up dirt and officials forcing people into ambulances when they'd prefer not to.

 

In that particular clip you can hear what is either Chinese celebration fireworks going off in the background or that is gunfire? After saying that I can't imagine many are in the mood for celebrating NY in that region at the moment. Watching this closely.

 

https://twitter.com/hashtag/wuhan?src=hashtag_click

 

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11 minutes ago, URMySunshine said:

What with the smoke , strong baht and now this 2020 has got off to a pretty bad start. And strangely enough I don't have much confidence in the Thai government structures to hold up with any degree of resilience should this not just be a bad flu/SARS type scenario. Time to go home back to the UK methinks. 

I'm thinking more about people who are planning to travel here some time soon.

 

If this thing does get out of control then all it takes is one 'non essential travel warning' from the governments of the world and tourism ends due to a lack of insurance.

 

I've read elsewhere about an evacuation of foreign citizens either in motion or being planned by the US, UK, France, etc, etc, etc......

 

Things are about to get moving. What's the lag between Chinas first case and Thailands? 2-3 weeks max I think

 

Then there's this : "US Chartering flight to evacuate citizens from Wuhan" which is under quarantine - things are about to get real.

 

The U.S. government was reportedly given special permission to defy the lock-down by China’s foreign ministry following intense negotiations. A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing confirmed last week that all U.S. government employees and family members had been ordered to leave the city.

 

Source : https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-chartering-flight-to-evacuate-citizens-from-wuhan-china-over-coronavirus

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4 minutes ago, Conno said:

[Also posted this on the other recent thread on this subject]

I'm not one to normally be phased over these types of things and as it stands right now with luck it will fizzle out.....however it appears the real extent of the contagion is being suppressed in China [shouldn't surprise anyone] Some of the video's that are leaking out past the censorship on social media are a bit disturbing. If these clips and images can be believed people are literally just falling over in the street, authorities blocking roads with piled up dirt and officials forcing people into ambulances when they'd prefer not to.

 

In that particular clip you can hear what is either Chinese celebration fireworks going off in the background or that is gunfire? After saying that I can't imagine many are in the mood for celebrating NY in that region at the moment. Watching this closely.

 

https://twitter.com/hashtag/wuhan?src=hashtag_click

 

Alarmist clips from Wuhan could just as easily be a panicked frightened population in a state of mass panic and hysteria as that of virus victims. In the next few days and when the WHO opine we should know more. In the meantime wise heads may well want to stock up on face masks and hand gel and avoid large gatherings as a precaution. 

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29 minutes ago, URMySunshine said:

Time to go home back to the UK methinks. 

It is the old pilot's joke that the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport.

 

Depending where you are in Thailand, by not traveling back to UK at the present you might have less exposure to the C-Virus staying right you are.

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Received an e-mail from the US State Departments Traveler services since I have signed up for this.  This is the e-mail:  Yes the CDC issued the Level 3 Travel Notice, for travel to China.  Take the precautions that Rooster has outlined folks.

 

                                                          U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 25, 2020)

 

Location: Thailand

 

Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice recommending against all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, which can be spread from person to person. Symptoms of this illness may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. While most of these cases have been reported in China, five cases to date have been identified in Thailand.

 

For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand. Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 

Actions to Take:

 

·        Avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.

 

·        Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

 

·        Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

 

·        If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

+66 2 205 4049

+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

[email protected]

 

American Citizens Services

 

State Department - Consular Affairs

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Thailand Country Information

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23 minutes ago, SkyFax said:

It is the old pilot's joke that the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport.

 

Depending where you are in Thailand, by not traveling back to UK at the present you might have less exposure to the C-Virus staying right you are.

I'm in Yala and the only farang here mostly confined to barracks with a supply of face masks and hand gel. It's very safe here if the terrorists don't get you and no tourists visit. So yes bunker down here for the foreseeable. Just done saibaht with an old monk escorted by 2 Thai army in their hilux so that's me protected for the day. The muslims don't much smile though and there is no night life scene at all. Nor do Thais go out in the evening anymore think Northern Ireland in the troubles and you get a rough picture. 

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Thailand has already been screening passengers arriving from high risk locations at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, U-Tapao and Krabi airports, while it has been announced passengers will also be screened at Hua Hin airport. 

I call it a cautery on a wooden leg;

 

The only real solution would have been to refuse entry to Thai soil to all people from China as well as to all Chinese from anywhere in the world.

(except that the only god in Thailand is  money , and for a handful of baht the authorities are taking a high risk to a whole population who did not ask. :post-4641-1156693976: )
as well as the immobilization of all the planes having transported these people and compulsory decontamination for all the cabin crew of these aircraft.

and even with these drastic measures, I am not sure that it would prevent the virus from entering Thailand.

What has been done and continues to be done is useless

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Yea one of the health workers in Wuhan [twitter link in my other post] is reported to have said "Don't trust the government they haven't done anything to help. People are on their own now with their immune system determining the outcome"

 

Another US specialist expressing his concerns.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/thermonuclear-pandemic-level-bad-harvard-epidemiologist-warns-viral-outbreak-might-get

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25 minutes ago, Conno said:

Another US specialist expressing his concerns.

If there is only one sentence to remember, it is this one:

 

" In fact, it's not simply terrifying: With an r-naught of 3.8, this virus could be "thermonuclear, pandemic level bad."

 

Here ... I already feel bad ...:w00t:
As I have already written; if my time has come ....

 

alea jacta est

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if you are interested there's a live stream [record on the 24th Jan] by an Expat [Doctor I think or some medical professional at least] he explained he was working in many of the regions over there for 5 years and as a result has been getting inside info social media updates from the medical professional friends he made while there.

 

 

 

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I coughed last week in the middle of a food market and turned so many heads 😅

 

I'm still sick. I limit my time out in public and am careful to limit the amount of objects I touch. 

 

Hopefully I recover within the next 2 weeks as I need to fly out of the country. 

I am contemplating on buying goggles. I will definitely buy hand wipes and wear gloves. I highly doubt the flight attendants do a great job disinfecting the planes. 

 

This virus is already here... just try not to touch your face 5,000 times a day. *Watch the movie "Contagion".

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First of all teach Thai about basic hygiene, would be a good start. 

Then have social security so people do not go to work with flu and other easy transferred viruses. 

 

Except from that, I do not think we will be able to stop corona that easy, it just have to spread, and make us Resistant until they have a vaccine. Until then we can just hope it does not mutate to something worse. 

 

Wiki

The virus is insignificant until mutations cause the virus to be transformed from FECV to FIPV 

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1 hour ago, ThaiBrian said:

I coughed last week in the middle of a food market and turned so many heads 😅

 

I'm still sick. I limit my time out in public and am careful to limit the amount of objects I touch. 

 

Hopefully I recover within the next 2 weeks as I need to fly out of the country. 

I am contemplating on buying goggles. I will definitely buy hand wipes and wear gloves. I highly doubt the flight attendants do a great job disinfecting the planes. 

 

This virus is already here... just try not to touch your face 5,000 times a day. *Watch the movie "Contagion".

Look  if what you say is true you need to ring the local hospital and someone needs to see you. If you say where you are then someone I'm sure can advise. If you are not sick then your really are sick !

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1 hour ago, Gecko123 said:

I'm confused. TAT wants me in Thailand; immigration wants me out, health department doesn't want me to go anywhere. What's a guy to do?

Develop multiple personalities. Schizophrenia is a start.

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Coronavirus leaves 56 MILLION on lockdown in 14 cities as surgeon who treated sick becomes 41st confirmed death

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10817933/coronavirus-deaths-lockdown-china/

 

China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51249208

 

Xi says China faces 'grave situation' as virus death toll hits 42

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health/xi-says-china-faces-grave-situation-as-virus-toll-hits-41-idUSKBN1ZO005

 

 

 

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my new girlfriend turned the air conditioner to super cold last night and we fell asleep and the room was freezing and I woke up with my lungs feeling sort of weird and my nose was congested and I thought OMG I got the virus but then I remembered Viagra always makes my nose stuffy.

 

that was close.     

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3 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

my new girlfriend turned the air conditioner to super cold last night and we fell asleep and the room was freezing and I woke up with my lungs feeling sort of weird and my nose was congested and I thought OMG I got the virus but then I remembered Viagra always makes my nose stuffy.

 

that was close.     

From Wuhan?

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As a benchmark this is what 'common or garden' flu has done so far in the UK. So it looks like flu in the UK kills a few dozen. Maybe it's because we have good diet, sanitation and health care. 

 

586 patients hospitalised by flu in England. 174 patients admitted to intensive care with flu, bringing the total in 2019 to 2,092. Eight deaths in which flu was a contributing factor, bringing the total since September 30 to 23. 155 new outbreaks of lung-borne illnesses suspected to be flu.Dec 19, 2019

 

Globally 

 

In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.Jun 20, 2019

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15 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

my new girlfriend turned the air conditioner to super cold last night and we fell asleep and the room was freezing and I woke up with my lungs feeling sort of weird and my nose was congested and I thought OMG I got the virus but then I remembered Viagra always makes my nose stuffy.

 

that was close.     

With new girlfriends you don't where they've been. Maybe you should quarantine them in a locked condo for 7 days to make sure they are asymptomatic before doing the business. Mind you she and the cops might not like your excuse when you will inevitably be caught. 

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