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Leading virologist warns against enabling second wave of Covid-19

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A second wave of Covid-19 infections could easily strike Thailand unless people stick to the “new normal” of social distancing, according to Chulalongkorn University’s Head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology.

Posting on Facebook today, Dr Yong Poovorawan wrote that everyone is looking forward to the second phase of easing Emergency Decree restrictions now that the rate of infection dropped off to nearly nothing. But he warns that a second wave of the outbreak has hit many other countries, including some in Asia – Japan, South Korea and China have seen recent upticks in their case numbers after apparently getting the virus under control.

“To protect ourselves from the disease and the risk of a second-phase outbreak, we must stay on our guard and wash hands with soap or sanitising gel regularly and stay at home.”

“If people have to go outdoors, they must wear face masks, maintain distance from others and avoid going to crowded places. The windows of hair salons, restaurants, workplaces and houses should be opened for ventilation.”

He also advised people to take extra precautions against respiratory disease during the coming rainy season.

“Whether we suffer a second wave of the outbreak depends on us and the government’s preventive measures, especially among migrant workers.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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  1. ron

    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    HOw about never allowing Chinese into the country?

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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