I don’t see the hassle for quarantine exempt countries. The Covid test can be done at the airport. Health insurance is always a good idea when travelling abroad. The one night in an approved quarantine hotel is no big deal and international vaccine travel passes are about to come online, which should also streamline the process of flying again. I have heard that Suvarnabhumi airport have upgraded their technology at arrival which should also reduce the pain of travel.
I am delighted to read your comment about linear relationship, as we can dispense with ratios.
But I revert to the same argument that I've made in the past. The UK and TH had different reasons for testing. I believe the Thais were more inclined to seek testing when they were unwell. That is reflected in the chart that someone put up showing positive tests of 22-35%. In the UK, most tests were either mandatory tests of healthcare workers etc where you would expect their caution to pay off, or those who received a ping telling then they had been in close contact with an infected person. Overall, 97.5% of UK tests were negative. Had the UK adopted the same attitude to testing as TH did, there would been far fewer tests, but a greater percentage of positives. The position would of course be reversed had TH adopted the same attitude as the UK did to testing.
So all that really leaves us is guessing how much the TH figures would have been different, if they tested as frequently as the UK. All I can say to that is there are plenty of stats to show that the response of TH in attempting to suppress the virus, was well ahead of the UK, and this can be validated by the fact that while excess deaths were increasing in the UK, they were decreasing in TH. Come April, both TH and UK were hit by Delta, and at that stage, the trajectory of the virus in terms of growth begins to look similar, but TH has the advantage of starting from a much lower base.
It seems to me, your case is that if TH carried out the same number of tests as the UK, the number of cases in TH would be higher, or in the alternative, they would be a lot closer to UK stats. I have no hesitation in agreeing with the former, but in view of all the other data, especially the decline in excess deaths in TH, the opposite of which occurred in the UK, I find it impossible to believe that lack of testing by TH, could account for much the difference in the 7 mill additional cases reported by the UK.
Thanks for the link, but it clearly states "Thai families" , so a young man from England is not allowed to grow.
AND of course selling it is still against the law.
Yes unfortunate that medical marijuana is also Not legal in the Kingdom
Wish I could find one of these Thai families and let them adopt me 555
Particularly hard to know in Thailand given the paucity of testing, so those who may have some level of protection from being infected may be completely unaware of it - not that it really matters vaccination-wise, as being vaccinated post infection gives even more protection.