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Thailand must calm down over Omicron, senior doctor says


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“What we know now is that Omicron likely spreads more easily, but early data suggests it’s less fatal as well – especially among the vaccinated.”

 

Good he is confirming other early data. Hopefully some of the hysteria seen will calm down. 

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If those experts that are talking now are right, then Omicron might be the relief of Covid-19 when being the major variant with less symptoms and almost no severe illness, replacing the dangerous disease to something more like a common cold. There might be hope this will end the messy World that Covid-19 made...🤔

 

Unfortunately for those that invested in Covid-19-vaccine stocks, they fell rapidly in value yesterday...🤥

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10 hours ago, darksidedog said:

As for banning flights from Africa, given it is already present all over the world, not sure how that will help.

There seems to be a lot more cases in Africa than around the world.  Banning flights from countries with high numbers of the variant means that fewer cases can potentially enter Thailand.

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7 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

the whole world needs to calm down

 

The severity of Omicron is not yet known

The severity being not known is the exact reason why you act quickly.  You don't wait until you confirm that the horse has definitely bolted before you reluctantly close the stable door, simply because you know people don't like the stable door being shut.

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9 minutes ago, BangkokReady said:

The severity being not known is the exact reason why you act quickly.  You don't wait until you confirm that the horse has definitely bolted before you reluctantly close the stable door, simply because you know people don't like the stable door being shut.

That's one way, safe is safe. But there's a price to pay, and frankly the world economy and especially the poorer classes have already paid a very high price in the last 2 years. I don't advocate behaving as if new strains don't exist. The middle way would be advisable: let's be careful, but let's not overdo it. In fact, all indications so far are that Omicron's effects are rather mild.

 

To be practical: contact tracing of all Omicron infections: yes. Banning flights from specific countries: no.

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15 minutes ago, arithai12 said:

That's one way, safe is safe. But there's a price to pay, and frankly the world economy and especially the poorer classes have already paid a very high price in the last 2 years.

Wasn't the lack of closed borders the reason for the virus reaching the level it did, resulting in economic slow-down?

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46 minutes ago, daveAustin said:

Even with that, problem with covid is the word has been stigmatised. Hypothetically, Flu could kill twice as many but people would still fear covid19 more because a) it needs time to be accepted and b) people are idiots. 

I found this about Thailand once I searched for the influenza epidemic in 2018...

According to the latest WHO data published in 2018 Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths in Thailand reached 44,549 or 9.11% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 47.82 per 100,000 of population ranks Thailand #70 in the world. Review other causes of death by clicking the links below or choose the full health profile.

Source: World Health Rankings.

 

Total number of Covid-19 deaths per today (7th December) is 20,995, which equals 30 per 100,000.

Source: WorldOmeter.

 

 

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