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Bangkok officials issue advice for Covid contacts required to self-isolate

Maya Taylor



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The governor of Bangkok says anyone who has had contact with a Covid-19 patient must self-isolate for 10 days, the incubation period for the virus. Nation Thailand reports that Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has issued advice for those self-isolating, saying they must adhere to the following 4 steps.

1. Sleep in a separate room to other residents
2. Do not eat with other people living in the house
3. Separate trash, as garbage used by a potentially infected person can be a source of transmission
4. Use a separate bathroom where possible. If not possible, the potentially infected person should be last to use the bathroom, washing sinks and the toilet seat after each use

The governor says people who live alone in a house or condo can use a food delivery service, but must wear a mask while in the presence of food delivery workers, as well as washing their hands regularly. Condominium residents must advise the building manager that they are self-isolating and avoid using common areas such as elevators.

Masks should be worn at all times indoors and all residents should observe social distancing while in common areas. Building managers are responsible for instructing residents to observe disease prevention measures and should also undertake regular disinfection of common areas and manage potentially infectious waste appropriately.

Nation Thailand lists the following numbers for those who need further medical advice.

Covid-19 situation at the Bangkok Health Office Hotline (02) 203 2393 or (02) 203 2396 or (02) 203 2883 and (02) 245 4964 (24 Hours)

BKK COVID-19 website hotline (02) 203 2393 and (02) 203 2396 (service hours 8am-10pm)

People with Covid-19 symptoms should contact the Erawan Centre, Bangkok 1646. People at risk of exposure to infectious cases can call the Emergency Operation Centre at 097 046 7549 and the Department of Disease Control at 1422.

Infected patients can get more advice on self-isolation at the Medical Department Hotline 1668, the National Institute of Emergency Medicine 1669 or the NHSO 1330 hotline, 24 hours a day.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    “10 days, the incubation period for the virus.”

    14 for the rest of the world – Amazing Thailand!

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    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    I am glad to hear these measures being announced. Without a vaccine in wide circulation, it is the best defence. But Simon has nailed it by saying that 14 days is the infection cycle. I have just been through a lockdown of three days in my home city of Brisbane and a 14 day period of restrictions (mostly. Wearing face masks). It worked! (For the second time, as we had a similar lockdown in January) We are back to no community transmission and the restrictions have been relaxed again. I want to see Thailand back to the place where we are now. Oh and contrary to what Worldometers tells you, Australia currently has under 150 active cases and no community transmission.

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    Jeff Drake

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:52 am

    In my training for infectious desease mitigation anything this contagious required covering exposed skin and not wearing clothing worn in a potentially contaminated environment into a safe living area. Doctors don’t go into an operating room in their street clothes. Yet for some reason this important protocol, and more important than masks based on how germs spread, has never been announced or promoted. Why is that?

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