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1,004 people were admitted for treatment of COVID-19 infections between April 14th and 20th, according to Dr. Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn, director of the Department of Disease Control.

 

Of those admitted to hospitals, 292 are suffering from lung infections and 101 require ventilators to help with breathing. Three have died and all were either elderly people or had comorbidities.

 

Dr. Thongchai said that the surge in COVID cases during the Songkran festival was not unexpected and most of the cases were found in and around Bangkok and in tourist provinces.

 

Citing a report from the Medical Science Department, most of the cases are related to the Omicron variant and most of the patients developed flu-like symptoms, such as coughs, sore throats, headaches, muscle pains and runny noses, said Dr. Thongchai, adding that the seriousness of the disease has not increased.

 

For safety sake, he suggested the wearing of face masks in crowded places, on public transport and in hospitals and nursing homes for the elderly. Washing hands often is also recommended, as are rapid antigen tests if flu-like symptoms develop, he added.

 

Full story: Thai PBS 2024-04-22

 

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2 hours ago, Puccini said:

 

Obviously, Covid-19 infections did not finish rwo years ago.

News to me. Why doesnt anyone talk about it now. Whats different now and then

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4 hours ago, 1happykamper said:

So Thailand and the world finally understands that this virus is here to stay...

 

The WHO et al should be all burned at the stake for shutting down the planet for 2 or 3 years  

sez a happy kamper....

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21 minutes ago, ikke1959 said:

Thailand is the only country that still has news about Covid. Who said Thailand is not conservative?? They can't let go anything

 

 

uk news still covers covid

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16 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

Seasonal covid. Seasonal colds. Seasonal flu. Seasonal dengue fever. It's called endemic.

 

Thailand doesn't publicly report comparable figures for each of those diseases...

 

But the U.S. does, and neither the flu nor colds nor dengue fever have been killing anywhere near the 1,000 per week rates that COVID had been driving in the U.S.

 

Seasonal, yes. Comparable, no.

 

Latest CDC data suggests U.S. COVID deaths are running about double those associated with the flu, as follows:

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https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

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https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

 

Same for hospitalizations:

 

COVID:

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Flu:

 

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8 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Thailand doesn't publicly report comparable figures for each of those diseases...

 

But the U.S. does, and neither the flu or cold or dengue fever have been killing anywhere near the 1,000 per week rates that COVID had been driving in the U.S.

 

Seasonal, yes. Comparable, no.

 

 

They are comparable because they are all endemic. Colds, flu and dengue are seasonal and covid surges might also be seasonal. They are also comparable in that they are all viruses and 3 out of the 4 are infectious. Now tell me they are not comparable.

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Also worth noting, the latest Thai MoPH weekly report on COVID also gives the following cumulative COVID stats for thus far in 2024:

 

COVID new hospitalizations (9,593) & COVID deaths (72), though the deaths figure probably should be asterisked because MoPH long ago adopted a very narrow definition of what's considered a COVID death, basically only those driven by respiratory symptoms, whereas COVID in fact causes death thru various other means as well, and deaths that occur outside of hospitals likely are never assessed for cause.

 

MoPH Weekly COVID report for April 14-20:

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https://ddc.moph.go.th/covid19-dashboard/?dashboard=main

 

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8 hours ago, Sticky Rice Balls said:

and this bothers you how????

Mainly because as the virus is far less lethal now, mask wearing is ineffective. Its far better to let it run its course - as has been shown in other countries.

 

And partly because:

 

Of the looks and comments I get for not wearing one.

 

Many Thai's wear them as 'chin hammocks'.

 

Other habits in Thailand, such as food sharing, further reduce their overall efficacy.

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12 hours ago, dinsdale said:

Covid 19, flu and the common cold are three distinctly different viruses. It's now 2024 and you still do not know this?

My comment above was in respose to this comment which got edited by the mods. It originally said that covid was just the flu. Here's the modded quote from @1happykamper

 

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So Thailand and the world finally understands that this virus is here to stay...

 

The WHO et al should be all burned at the stake for shutting down the planet for 2 or 3 years  

 

 

 

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