Isolate Covid victims
Re: "Pointless, clueless measures", (PostBag, August 1) and "Lockdown Lunacy", (PostBag, July 30).
Anon and Vint Chavala have a point. In no other country have I heard about Covid-19 patients being transported to other places for treatment, as is being done here.
It goes against all commonsense to move people infected with the coronavirus from one city to another. I understand Thai authorities allowed Covid-infected people in the capital to be treated in other areas of the country because Bangkok hospitals are overstretched; moving people about would help ease the strain.
Nonetheless, the fact remains that the best thing to do under the circumstances, if the goal is to reduce the spread of Covid-19, is to keep people infected with the coronavirus in one area, even if this implies that temporary field hospitals, among other things, have to be built.
I have been hearing people complaining about Sinovac being inferior and not working. I wonder what these people are thinking.
Every individual has different levels of immunity. How can they put the blame on a particular brand?
No matter what brand, people still die if they don't protect themselves with double masking, washing their hands, and so on.
Follow the science
We should always follow science in fighting Covid-19. For example, the US's CDC says, "surface transmission is not the main route by which Sars-CoV-2 spreads, and the risk is considered to be low.
The principal mode by which people are infected with Sars-CoV-2 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus.
"In most situations, cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent, and not disinfecting, is enough to reduce risk."
So, we should stress masking, especially indoors; social distancing, and improving indoor ventilation.
Consider re-opening markets and stores by improving air flow, limiting the number of patrons, or installing barriers to hinder exposure to respiratory droplets.
Outdoor activities are generally acceptable (anti-government protests here or elsewhere haven't produced clusters, for example).
We don't need to disinfect everything in sight when we find a case, nor clean our hands with gel after talking to every customer. Follow science, not fear.
Seeing the desperation building among Thai people saddens us immensely.
The government's desperate and futile moves to keep on top of the situation do not comprise providing more vaccines or testing kits, as they should; but by resorting to increasingly desperate attacks on freedom of speech.
That's just out of touch with normally accepted practices. We can observe upstanding, well-educated Thais joining the lines of desperation, not least those in the medical profession.
I also observe with sadness that increasing numbers of expatriates are beyond breaking point and now thinking of leaving Thailand. These are people who have contributed to the economy and the wellbeing of their local communities.
I was particularly saddened yesterday when an outstanding elderly couple from Europe told me they were leaving within a few days, not knowing when or if they will return. As for myself, I am on the way to making a decision. I never thought that would happen.
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