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  • SARS-CoV-2 induces somnolence in many in the post-Covid-19 phase

    What is somnolence? Somnolence is a state where a person feels continuously sleepy and drowsy despite having enough sleep. It goes beyond regular tiredness, making it difficult to stay awake and focus on daily tasks. Covid-19 and post-Covid somnolence After recovering from Covid, many people report experiencing somnolence. They feel overwhelmingly sleepy, even after a full night’s rest. This condition…

  • Man with long Covid found dead in his bedroom in Samut Prakan

    A man suffering from long Covid for two years was found dead yesterday in his bedroom in Samut Prakan, unable to walk due to his illness. The man’s mother revealed that he had been at home but was drinking alcohol on Sunday. Police officers from Bang Sao Thong Police Station in Samut Prakan Province were alerted to a death in…

  • Could cannabis help combat Covid-19?

    Recent research suggests that cannabis compounds may play a role in preventing and treating Covid-19. Studies have shown that cannabinoids, the active compounds in cannabis, could potentially prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and reduce the severity of the disease. Cannabinoids and Covid prevention A comprehensive review conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, indicates that cannabinoids might be used…

  • Covid-19 can cause bipolar disorder

    The global battle against Covid-19 has brought to light many immediate health issues, but there’s an emerging concern that needs attention: the potential link between Covid and bipolar disorder. While the pandemic’s physical toll is well-documented, its impact on mental health is still being explored. Recent studies suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be linked to the onset of bipolar…

  • Woman arrested for using deaf people to deliver meth

    Police arrested a woman for allegedly using deaf individuals to distribute methamphetamine in an attempt to avoid detection. The suspect, 53 year old Prayoon claimed she was forced into this illegal activity and feared losing friends if she spoke about it. Police Lieutenant General Thiti Saengsawang today ordered Police Major General Teeradej Thammasuthee, alongside his team to apprehend Prayoon. The…

  • Most don’t need latest Covid-19 booster, says Thai virologist

    Most people do not need a booster against the latest strain of Covid-19, except for vulnerable groups and the unvaccinated as symptoms are relatively mild, and the vaccine must be paid for, claimed a virologist. The virologist, from the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, Yong Poovorawan confirmed that the severity of the virus has consistently decreased,…

  • Covid-19 will make you stupid

    Recent studies have unveiled a troubling connection between Covid-19 and cognitive decline, suggesting that even mild infections can lead to a measurable reduction in intelligence. This revelation, supported by extensive research from institutions around the world, has sparked concern among scientists and the general public alike. These study findings and the implications for individuals and society are worrisome and unsettling.…

  • Doctor warns of surge in Covid infections, over 18,000 cases daily

    As the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals with lung infections continues to climb, an expert in preventive medicine, and a doctor from Chulalongkorn University issued a stark warning, predicting that daily infections in Thailand could surpass 18,000 individuals. Associate Professor Doctor Thira Woratanarat, a faculty member at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, expressed his concerns in a recent…

  • Thai medics warn of Covid-19 surge after 11 new deaths recorded

    The Thai Medical authorities sounded the alarm bells for an impending Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in Thailand after reporting 11 new deaths and 1,880 hospitalisations over the past seven days. Data released by the Department for Disease Control at Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health indicate that Covid hospitalisations are now averaging around 269 cases per day, with a significant portion requiring…

  • New Covid-19 sub-variants strike Thailand

    Thailand has uncovered 13 cases of the KP.2 and KP.3 or FLiRT sub-variants of the Omicron JN.1 Covid-19 variant. Dr Yongyot Thummavudhi, the Director-General of the Medical Sciences Department, issued a stern warning, revealing that the severity of these new strains remains a mystery due to insufficient data. “Omicron JN1 and its offshoots continue to loom large over Thailand. JN.1,…

  • GIF expedites Covid-19 payouts amid financial strain

    The General Insurance Fund (GIF) proposed an expedited payment option for Covid-19 policyholders, where they can avail of an immediate reduced payout rather than wait for a decade for the full claim. This could mean receiving 60 baht now instead of 100 baht in the future, according to Finance Permanent Secretary Lavaron Sangsnit. Governmental body GIF was formed to safeguard…

  • AstraZeneca vaccine linked to blood clots in 7 Thai recipients

    The Department of Disease Control announced that out of the 20 million Thai citizens who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, seven developed blood clots, with two resulting in fatalities. These adverse effects were confirmed to occur within 42 days post-inoculation. Today the Director-General of the Disease Control Department, Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn, spoke about the vaccine’s side effects, emphasising that the incidences of…

  • Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort provides comfort to the local community with major pillow donation

    Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort, which is nestled just steps from the sea on Phuket’s sunset coast, has continued to give back to the local community with an important initiative that will help hospital patients and underprivileged children to get a great night’s sleep. The resort has teamed up with four caring organizations to provide 900 soft,…

  • Controversy erupts as Thai doctors clash over mRNA vaccine effect

    Thai doctor Thiravat Hemachudha sparked controversy when he shared information about the potentially fatal effect of the messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccine, citing English YouTuber John Campbell. Thiravat shared information from the English YouTuber, and retired nurse educator, Campbell, on Facebook on February 19. Thiravat talked about a white clot that was found in people and dead bodies with…

  • JN.1 Omicron sub-variant linked to surge in Thai hospitalisations

    The JN.1 sub-variant of the Omicron Covid-19 variant has been implicated in a recent rise in hospitalisations and over 10 fatalities last week. The majority of those hospitalised were elder individuals who had not received a vaccine or booster shots. The Department of Disease Control (DDC) reported 718 fresh Covid cases last week, yielding a daily average of 102 new…

  • Surge in Covid-19 infections and rising death toll in Thailand

    According to the latest report from the Department of Disease Control (DDC), a staggering 718 patients were admitted to hospitals between January 14 and 20 in a skyrocketing surge in Covid-19 infections. The grim statistics reveal a grim reality, with the death toll soaring to 11, a stark contrast to the four reported just a week earlier. The average daily…

  • British scientist’s findings suggest new cave virus in Thailand

    In the heart of Thailand, a cave harbours a virus with an eerie connection to Covid-19, and Dr Peter Daszak, a renowned expert in zoonosis, is sounding the alarm. Previously dismissed lab leak theories resurface as this cave virus, linked to both SARS-CoV-2 and RATG13, raises questions about its potential to infect humans. Hailing from Dukinfield, near Manchester, Dr Daszak,…

  • Covid-19 cases skyrocket after new year holiday

    As the world ushered in the new year with hope, statistics revealed a rapid surge in Covid-19 cases across Thailand, leaving experts scrambling for answers. The Covid wave is intensifying, sending shockwaves through the medical community. According to an epidemiologist from Chulalongkorn University, hospitalisations have soared by 7% compared to last week. Associate Professor Thira Woratanarat warns that respiratory problems linked…

  • Malaysia’s Health Minister reveals bold move: Not returning to Covid lockdowns

    Malaysia‘s Health Minister, Dzulkefly Ahmad, declared yesterday, December 18, that the country has no plans to reinstate the dreaded Covid-19 Movement Control Order (MCO). “For the time being, we are not considering reinstating the MCO, although a lot of people are talking about it on X.” The minister assured the public that despite a surge in infections, the situation is…

  • Party on: Health Ministry debunks new year cancellation over XBC Covid variant scare as fake news

    The Ministry of Public Health dismissed the cancellation of new year celebrations in Thailand due to the purported spread of a new Covid-19 variant, XBC, as fake news. No unusual outbreaks or dangerous variants have been reported. A Thai Facebook user recently reported that the government was planning to cancel all new year holiday events due to the spread of…

  • Bang Lamung takes break from chlamydia, gonorrhea to deal with dengue fever, Covid, monkeypox

    Chon Buri is wrestling with a severe outbreak of dengue fever. Local health officials confirmed more than 2,900 cases of the disease, with three fatalities reported in the past week. The alarming statistics were announced during a health situation update conference held in Bang Lamung District on September 4. Bang Lamung District’s Public Health Officer, Kitti Bunrattanate, disclosed the distressing…

  • Thai GPO’s Covid-19 vaccine set for 2023 launch, targets 10 million doses annually

    Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute (NVI) is making significant strides with its first domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine, HXP-GPOVac. The vaccine, currently in its third stage of clinical trials, is on track to conclude this phase by the end of the month. This development represents a crucial step forward for Thailand’s efforts to continually combat the pandemic. The vaccine’s production is overseen…

  • First cases of Omicron sub-variant HK.3 discovered in Thailand

    Thailand has reported its first instances of the Omicron sub-variant HK.3, as disclosed by the Department of Medical Sciences (DMS). The new strain of Covid-19 has been detected in two family members, whose health conditions remain unconfirmed by the DMS in terms of transmission speed and severity compared to previous strains. The DMS head, Dr Supakit Sirilak, illuminated the situation,…

  • Thailand’s insurance sector embraces digital revolution to boost resilience and consumer experience

    Thailand’s insurance sector is adopting digital tech to tackle artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber threats and deal with the medical costs of the nation’s ageing population. Further steps were taken to boost industry strength and user experience. The strategy is headed by the Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC). Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn, the OIC secretary-general, disclosed that the first part of…

  • Thailand detects new coronavirus subvariant EG.5.1

    According to reports from the Department of Medical Sciences, a new and rapidly spreading Coronavirus XBB subvariant, named EG.5.1, has been identified in Thailand. Although fast-spreading, it has been observed to cause predominantly mild symptoms. Remarkable insights came to light yesterday when the Head of the Department, Dr Supakit Sirilak revealed that five individuals had been diagnosed with this subvariant…

  • Covid cases nosedive in Thailand: Unvaccinated elderly hit hardest

    The Public Health Ministry of Thailand yesterday announced there has been a dramatic reduction in Covid-19 infections in the kingdom adding that deaths related to the virus are largely those unvaccinated and over 70 years old. Public Health Secretary Dr Opas Karnka­winpong yesterday revealed there has been a steady decline in worldwide Covid cases and related mortalities. Parallel to this…

  • Phuket sees Covid-19 surge, lax prevention and booster shot issues

    Thailand’s island province of Phuket has experienced a concerning surge in Covid-19 infections over the past month, according to the Provincial Public Health Office. Deputy Chief Dr Muanprae Boonlorm highlighted that Vachira Phuket Hospital has seen a rise in Covid-19 patients since the Songkran holiday in mid-April. The number of hospitalisations due to pneumonia and Covid-19 related fatalities have also…

  • Hong Kong sees almost double fatal and severe Covid-19 cases in a week

    The number of fatal and severe Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong saw a significant increase last week, nearly double the amount of the previous week, according to health authorities. Despite the rise, experts emphasised that the death rate remains small when compared to the potential daily number of infections. The news coincided with the death of a 13 year old…

  • Rise in Covid-19 inpatients and deaths expected to increase during Thailand’s rainy season

    The number of Covid-19 inpatients in Thailand increased to 1,811 in the last week of April, up from 1,088 in the previous week. Meanwhile, related deaths doubled from 5 to 10 over the same period, as reported by the Department of Disease Control (DDC). These figures saw a rise two weeks after the Songkran festival in mid-April and are anticipated…

  • Thailand collaborates with US Vaccine Research Centre on tuberculosis vaccines

    Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute (NVI) has formed a partnership with the US Vaccine Research Centre (VRC) to develop vaccines against tuberculosis, including those utilising Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology. The collaboration was announced following a visit by senior officials from Thailand’s Public Health Ministry to the VRC on April 20. The VRC is a leading global organisation in vaccine research and…