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Hello, 

 

I've noticed other forums discussing this, unfortunately without the answers I need, I'm also unsure how to comment on other posts. 

 

Long story short. I'm medically exempt, as instructed by my local hospital and respitory nurse/ASD specialist. 

 

I'll be living in thailand for a year for study. 

 

How can I be conscious of the kingdoms rules without compromising my health? 

 

I've seen a lady was refused all Thai translations of her medical letter, luckily I've family thay could help that, if this should be sufficient. 

 

Thank you in advance. Any insulting, ignorant or otherwise discrimination will be ignored as deserved ????

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Hi Richard, 

 

Thank you for this informative reply. My post isn't meant to be confusing, unfortunately people attack other with hidden disabilities so I'm quick to the point. 

 

That all makes complete sense. I had not considered a more breathable covering alternative (slit or shield) this would at least help some of the journey, if they do not change the rules as you just said, my husbands also happy to go into places for me, but the point is to be as independent as possible, while being safe. 

 

Thank you again. 

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Hi ChaiyaTH

 

Yes, I am fully expecting this, it's unfortunate but I do respect not all the world is educated on these things, to be honest, even when they are you have someone who believes their truth is your truth. 

 

I'm not worried about being looked at, people judge where they want, that's a reflection on them,, not me.

 

I'm worried about being forced into a hazardous situation just because you can't physically see my disabilities

 

Thank you for your reply ????

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1 minute ago, Trujillo said:

Pull the mask down below your nose. 
Even though the nose is where you swab to test for the horrid, deadly and frightening virus, people here don't realize that not covering the nose is the same as not wearing a mask at all. (Although according to observable data, not wearing a mask is just as effective as wearing one, any one, even the non-PM2.5 paper ones. But there is a mandate here, so welcome to the occupation.)

Bob's your uncle. You're welcome. 

Hello,

Thank you for you reply. 

 

Absolutely agree, if you're going (or able) to wear a mask, wear it correctly. Having had covid myself brought into my home by someone else, I do understand everything. 

 

I did wear a mask in the start, unfortunately, as stated, I was told not too. 

 

Also unfortunately, seems some places are behind on inclusion and understanding what exempt or hidden disability actually means. 

 

What I'm seeing is its hit or miss. 

 

These replies have all helps. So thank you. 

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2 minutes ago, HeijoshinCool said:

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I never cover my nose with the mask. Never been denied entry or service, not on the BTS, not in a taxi, not at Emporium, not at Villa Market, etc.,, not at Bumrungrad hospital.

 

Not once.

 

For good measure, I often carry a cup of coffee or other drink.

 

Lastly, I don't buy masks, especially the blue ones as they contain hazardous materials. Had a local seamstress make some by creating tank tops from 100% cotton T-shirts. So they do not have a rigid strip that can be bent to form to the nose, meaning they allow for a large gap, so mouth breathing is also possible.

Thank you for your reply, this is reassuring, it's very difficult times for all, making an informed decision is key. Thank you again! 

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1 minute ago, robblok said:

Just be prepared for not so nice reactions from people. A doctors letter is one thing but many won't care. For them there is just one rule and if you break it they will make your life hard. Just so you know that you might get in trouble and get called out. Not a fun thing at all. 

I've waited 15 years to get to Thailand, so I'm not giving up.

 

Its devastating to know you're going to be penalised for your genetics. Also, it isn't all about me.

It's a real shame. All of it. Stupid pandemic. 

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Just now, kiteman9 said:

Always carry around a cup with a straw in it, and pretend you are drinking.

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You're the second person to say This, seems like a good hack! I'm not trying to be difficult, I'm also not trying to be unwell

Thank you! Appriciate your help. 

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21 minutes ago, Wanderwoman said:

You're the second person to say This, seems like a good hack! I'm not trying to be difficult, I'm also not trying to be unwell

Thank you! Appriciate your help. 

A phone to the head works too - nodding with hmmm every 10 seconds, hard work but subconsciously accepted somehow.. Can be off if worried about radiation.

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"How can I be conscious of the kingdoms rules without compromising my health?"

 

Depending where you'll be, you're probably going to have a major problem.  Vendors / malls that have facial temp / mask monitors won't even let you in, if turnstile is activated / opens after facial ID of mask being worn.

 

I've test this, covering mask w/hand, and they are amazing accurate, and gates won't open when I did that.

 

Forget riding the BTS / MRT if at Krung Thep, or any public trans.  

 

You'll be the scorn of the town ????  It really is going to be a hassle for you.  I won't even go to Krung Thep for a visit, as people are way too paranoid.

 

Good news, again, depending where you are, as I rarely wear a mask, and where I am, nobody cares.  A must when going to 7-11, Makro & HomePro (only places I bother) and wear improperly, nose not covered, as nobody cares.  But I'm in small town, surfside, which does get weekender tourists though.  I do keep my distance from folks though, for both our safety, more mine than theirs ???? 

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There is a reason why the acronym T.I.T.(This Is Thailand) and the saying Same, Same but Different” are so prevalent.  Thailand is a great country but is not so great in understanding or accommodating those with certain conditions or needs.  For instance Thailand is not so great if one is mobility challenged or has a mask exemption.  “Hope for the best but plan for the worst”.  Good luck.  

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8 hours ago, Wanderwoman said:

Did your mum not love you enough?

Well there's one example you have had before getting here. 

Depending where you will be in Thailand rules are slacking off a bit but you will find it better if you let your husband do most things. 

 

I think you could manage with a hole in the mask and just keep the mask seen around ears at least and under you nose. 

 

I have Asthma but not so bad these days and wear a mask to go in shops the flisly paper ones I  find better than the thick cotton ones. 

Best of luck with your studies. 

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