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Samut Sakhon governor released from hospital after severe Covid-19 infection




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After a severe Covid-19 infection, governor of Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the recent outbreak in Thailand, was released from the hospital after nearly 3 months of treatment. The virus negatively affected Governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri’s lung function and led to a bacterial infection. During his treatment, he was on a ventilator for 42 days and, at one point, he was not able to speak.

Veerasak is also diagnosed with cerebrovascular disease which affects blood flow to the brain. In earlier reports, doctors said that the governor’s brain had been affected by the bacterial infection which was also destroying some of his lung tissue.

The governor spoke to the press on Friday after being discharged from the hospital. He was in treatment for 82 days. Veerasak said that when he tested positive for Covid-19 back in December, he thought he would recover within 10 days.

“Symptoms were more severe than I thought.”

The governor told the media that at one point during his treatment, he thought he would never be able to talk again. Doctors were worried about his brain function, Veerasak said, but he says he recovered and regained the ability to speak.

Thai PBS says the governor was unconscious for 42 days. During that time, he was also on a respirator. Dean of the Faculty of Medicines at Siriraj Hospital, Prasit Watanapa, says the governor set a record for the longest time a patient has been on a respirator.



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    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    The virus led to a bacterial infection. In one sentence the failure of intelligence.

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    Jake Pattaya

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Some idiots still say it’s only a flu.

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    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    @Jake Pattaya
    It is a cold/flu bug. The reason it’s more deadly is because it’s new. Most of us have immunity to the other cold/flu bugs in circulation. Had OC43 (another type of coronavirus) first appeared in the 21st century, we probably would’ve given it the scary “SARS” label too. However, since there is no living memory of the havoc it is hypothesized to have caused in the 1890 pandemic, we just call it a cold bug today.

    Get it?

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