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  • Study Shows Mask-Wearing Halves Risk Of Getting Covid

    People who wore masks were less likely to get sick

    COVID-19 positivity rate is lowest among those who always wore a mask

    Turns out that wearing a mask and social distancing really weren't a waste of time.

    Driving the news: Exclusive polling data from our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, which started in March 2020, shows that the respondents who reported never wearing masks were twice as likely to test positive for COVID as those who said they wore masks all the time.

    By the numbers: Just 11% of people who reported always wearing masks outside the home tested positive for COVID — compared to 23% of those who said they never wore masks.
    • That's even though people who wore masks all the time got tested more regularly than those who didn't.
    • 30% of people who wore masks at all times reported getting tested for COVID, compared to 23% who wore masks sometimes, 20% of those who wore them occasionally but not often and 12% of those who never wore them.

    Between the lines: When a group of people is getting tested less often than others, but has a higher positive rate, there's a good chance that there are other sick people who are being missed.

    The pattern was similar for social distancing. Just 10% of people who said they kept a six-foot distance from other people at all times tested positive for COVID, compared to 26% of people who said they never did.
    • 12% of people who said they sometimes kept a six-foot distance tested positive, as did 20% of those who said they social distanced occasionally but not often.
    • There was less variation in testing rates in this group: 26% of people who always social distanced got tested for COVID, compared to 27% of people who did so sometimes, 28% of those who did so occasionally but not often, and 23% of those who never did.
    https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-ma...3bb859c2b.html - https://khn.org/morning-breakout/stu...getting-covid/
    • Coronavirus Cases: 174,969,432

    Deaths: 3,771,730

    Under reported US death count: 613,251

    American Civil War Casualties (North and South) - 214,938

    Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
    it's been blown way out of proportion.

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    • Thailand - Daily virus deaths hit new June high

      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
      Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


      Daily Covid-19 deaths reached a new June high of 43 deaths on Thursday, with 2,310 new infections.

      Of the 2,310 latest Covid-19 cases, 102 have been found in prisons, the Public Health Ministry reported on Thursday morning.

      It added that 3,035 patients have recovered and been discharged.

      Cumulative cases in the country now stand at 187,538, with a total of 1,375 deaths.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001864

      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
      Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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      • Royal academy ready to sell Sinopharm to state, private agencies

        The Chulabhorn Royal Academy has set the price of the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine at 888 baht and is willing to allocate batches for state and private agencies under some conditions.

        Dr Nithi Mahanonda, the academy’s secretary-general, announced on Facebook this morning that this rate covers transportation, storage and insurance for side effects.

        However, it does not cover the jab administration fees charged by hospitals.

        He also said the academy will allocate vaccines for government and private agencies, based on how important they are to the national economy and society.

        Nithi also said that all staff, including foreigners, working for these agencies have the right to be inoculated. He also warned that agencies will be fined 15 times the cost of the dose if they are found to have charged their staff for the shot.

        The agencies are also required to donate 10 per cent of their vaccine allocation to people in need. Details of this requirement will be announced later.

        To get their allocation, agencies must contact hospitals linked to the academy.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001835

        Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
        Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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        • Infections force temporary closure of Samut Songkhram fish market

          Samut Songkhram’s Mae Klong fish market will be closed from Thursday for three days after more than 40 Covid-19 cases were found via proactive tests among 315 people.

          More than 1,600 other people at the market, including Thais and migrant workers, are currently undergoing tests.

          The market will be disinfected during the three days before it reopens again on Sunday.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001837

          Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
          Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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          • Thailand’s Covid quarantine policy should keep families together, says Unicef

            The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is advising Thai authorities on how to prevent unnecessary separation of families under third-wave quarantine and isolation measures.

            “Separation of child and parent or primary caregiver when either one has tested positive for Covid-19 may worsen the psychological toll on children as well as expose them to greater risks of neglect or violence,” said Kyungsun Kim, Unicef representative for Thailand.

            “No child should be left on their own and families must remain together wherever possible.”

            If a child must be quarantined, isolated or treated at a hospital or hospitel, a parent or caregiver must be allowed to accompany them, the Unicef guideline advises. If not possible, the child must be placed in a facility close to their family and allowing for regular communication. The child and family’s contact details and information must be recorded before any separation takes place.

            “Children’s overall physical and mental wellbeing, in addition to protection, must be a primary consideration in all policies and decisions on Covid-19 measures for health and safety,” Kim said.

            Unicef also advises that if a parent or caregiver must be quarantined, isolated or treated at a hospital or hospitel, children should stay with a relative or responsible guardian in agreement with the parent or caregiver. If a child has been left on their own, neighbours or witnesses must immediately contact the government hotline 1300 to help ensure the child’s safety and the provision of appropriate services and living arrangements.: https://www.nationthailand.com/life/40001838

            Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
            Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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            • Flout the mask rule for a 3rd time in public and you will be fined up to THB20,000

              People who do not wear masks in public may face up to a THB20,000 fine if they are caught breaking the rule for the third time, according to an announcement by the National Communicable Disease Committee published in the Royal Gazette.

              The move aims to ensure all people wear face masks in public to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19.

              The announcement will be suspended once the Covid-19 crisis is resolved or the state of emergency lifted.

              Under the Communicable Diseases Act BE 2558 (2015), people who do not wear a face mask in public areas may face punishment as follows:

              1. No more than a THB1,000 fine for the first time.

              2. Over THB1,000, but no more than a THB10,000 fine for the second time.

              3. Over THB10,000, but no more than a THB20,000 fine for the third time.

              In case the suspects do not agree with the punishment or fail to pay the fine within 30 days after being charged, communicable disease officers can submit the issue to investigation officers for legal action.

              If there is repeated wrongdoing or wrongdoing by any person that may affect public safety, communicable disease officers can submit this issue too to investigation officers for legal action.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001828

              Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
              Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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              • Private firms allowed to purchase Covid-19 vaccines: CCSA

                Local and private organisations have been allowed to procure Covid-19 vaccines, according to a Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announcement published in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday.

                The move aims to ensure that at least 70 per cent, or 50 million people nationwide, will be vaccinated in a bid to create herd immunity.

                Under Covid-19 vaccine management guidelines, local and private organisations can procure vaccines from government agencies such as the Department of Disease Control, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, the National Vaccine Institute, the Thai Red Cross Society and the Chulabhorn Royal Academy.

                However, the procurement must be in line with laws and guidelines issued by the CCSA, the prime minister, provincial governors or provincial communicable disease committees.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001831

                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                • Link between AstraZeneca shot, Bangkok death investigated

                  A 46-year-old Bangkok resident reportedly succumbed to complications after getting her Covid-19 jab. Her body has been taken to Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital for an autopsy.

                  At 20 minutes after midnight on Wednesday, Bang Khen Police Station received a report that Panyapas Ittithanawong had died at her home in Sinsap Nakhon Village in Bang Khen.

                  When police officers and medics arrived, Panyapas’ niece told them that her aunt had received the AstraZeneca jab on Tuesday at Thai Business Administration Technological College.

                  Upon returning home, she developed a headache and tiredness, for which she took two paracetamol pills at 6pm. Then at about 10pm she took pills for migraine but went into spasms 15 minutes later.

                  Though an ambulance was called, medics did not arrive in time.

                  Her body has been taken in for an autopsy, while her relatives were scheduled to meet police and medics this morning.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001832

                  Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                  Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                  • NHSO agrees to provide cover for post-shot clots

                    The National Health Security Office (NHSO) board has approved a proposal to include in its health coverage laboratory tests to diagnose and treat blood clots after vaccination against Covid-19.

                    NHSO Secretary-General Jadej Thammatacharee said on Tuesday while the chance of jab recipients suffering from "vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia", or VITT, is very low, the NHSO board had decided to expand coverage to build up public confidence in the vaccines.

                    According to Dr Jadej, VITT syndrome occurs in between 1: 125,000 and 1: 1,000,000 recipients. Recipients experiencing severe or unusual symptoms four to 30 days after vaccination are advised to seek medical attention.

                    Symptoms include severe headaches, weakness in the limbs, slurred speech, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, leg pain, chest pain and swelling of the legs. He said medical expenses for diagnosis and treatment will be shouldered by the NHSO.

                    Meanwhile, health authorities in Rayong said they are looking into the case of a policeman who suffered stroke-like symptoms a few hours after receiving a Sinovac shot on June 2.

                    Chakkarin Pramongkhet, an official from NHSO's Zone 6, said the case involving Pol Snr Sgt Maj Sitthichai Khlaipan, was the province's fifth initially found to be linked to vaccination.

                    He said compensation will be paid as soon as the office receives a medical report from Rayong Hospital where Pol Snr Sgt Maj Sitthichai was treated.

                    He also added that compensation had been paid to recipients in the other four cases.

                    The officer from Chamao police station reportedly developed symptoms a few hours after receiving the shot.

                    They included vomiting, chest pain and weakness on the left side of his body.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...ost-shot-clots

                    Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                    Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                    • Academy sets Sinopharm vaccine price at B888 per dose

                      The Chulabhorn Royal Academy has set the price of Covid-19 vaccine procured from China's state-owned Sinopharm at 888 baht per dose, CRA secretary-general Nithi Mahanonda announced on Wednesday.

                      He said the price includes transport, storage and insurance aganst side effects of the vaccine. It does not include service and medical charges.

                      In an earlier announcement, Dr Nithi said since the vaccine would be purchased with the academy's own funds it could not be offered free of charge.

                      He said in his Facebook post on Wednesday that state or private organisations that want Sinopharm vaccine from the CRA must be capable of providing it to groups of people who want alternative vaccines - including staff, family members and migrant workers.

                      But they were not allowed to charge the recipients for the vaccine or for the service. They were also not allowed to use the vaccine for commercial gain.

                      Under CRA regulations violators would be liable to a fine of 15 times the price of vaccine bought from the CRA.

                      State or private organisations provided with the vaccine by the CRA should also do society a favour by donating 10% of the vaccine to underprivileged groups.

                      Buyers were required to find hospitals to administer the vaccine. The hospitals must be properly registered and may collect service charges from such organisations, but definitely not from vaccine recipients, Dr Nithi said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-b888-per-dose

                      Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                      Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                      • Most patients infected by Delta variant in Udon Thani recover

                        Twelve of the 17 people in Thailand’s northeastern province of Udon Thani, who were found to be infected with the Delta, or Indian variant of COVID-19, have fully recovered and returned home, said Mr. Uthen Hakaew, deputy chief of the Udon Thani provincial health office, today (Wednesday).

                        Five are still being treated in hospitals, with two elderly patients on ventilators, two others being given oxygen and the fifth expected to be discharged tomorrow.

                        Those who were in close contact with the infected have been placed in 14-day quarantine, said Mr. Uthen, adding that provincial health officials are confident that the Delta variant infections are under control, as he urged members of the public not to panic.

                        He assured that there have been no new Delta variant infections since 10 cases of the Delta variant were found in a group of people participating in a celebration in Muang district on May 12th.

                        Delta variant infections in the province were linked to four construction workers at a Laksi construction site in Bangkok, who went home to Udon Thani after the closure of their housing camp in May. Three others were thought to have contracted the variant from the families of the returnees from Bangkok.

                        Mr. Uthen also said that there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the province in the past two days.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/most-pa...thani-recover/

                        Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                        Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                        • VIPs slammed for jumping queues at vaccine centres

                          Thai social media has been buzzing this week with complaints and comments about VIPs skipping queues to get a Covid-19 jab first.

                          In fact, clips showing these “important persons” responding to questions like “why do you get the vaccine before us?” with a blank face are being widely shared.

                          Twitter user @kerncle posted a similar clip with the comment: “There’s a lot of VIPs showing up for shots. The general public has been queuing for three hours and it’s still not our turn, but they grab a VIP queue ticket and off they go.”

                          Another clip posted on Wednesday showed a VIP blatantly skipping the queue and the crowd applauding and shouting “super VIP”. This clip also went viral, sparking furious comments.

                          None of the posts indicated where the incidents took place.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40001846

                          Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                          Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

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                          • Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhla Buri district receives only one bottle of vaccine

                            The Sangkhla Buri district of Thailand’s western border province of Kanchanaburi has received one bottle of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to vaccinate just ten people, because only ten people have applied via the Mor Prom app to receive it, Governor Jirakiat Phumsawat explained today (Wednesday).

                            To dispel widespread criticism of inequitable allocation of vaccines, under the government’s management, he said that the province has been allocated a first lot of 7,500 doses for the launch of the mass vaccination project on June 7th.

                            He said that the vaccines have been distributed to all the districts in the province for inoculation of people who have registered, adding that he expects more doses will be sent to the province, but admitting that he is not sure that they will arrive in time for the appointments.

                            The governor also said, however, that he is relieved that local administration organizations will be able to procure vaccines themselves, under the new guidelines issued by the CCSA.

                            A health official in Sangkhla Buri district said they have been campaigning for elderly people in the district to enlist for vaccination, but only a handful responded positively, because most of them were unsure of the safety of the vaccines.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/kanchan...le-of-vaccine/

                            Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                            Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.

                            Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                            • Delta (Indian) COVID-19 strain in 11 Thai provinces – Medical Sciences Department

                              The Delta (Indian) variant of COVID-19 has spread to 11 provinces in Thailand, with 348 people found to be infected to date, including 318 cases in Bangkok alone, according to Dr. Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Thai Medical Sciences Department.

                              He said today (Thursday) that random tests on 4,185 samples from infected people, taken between April and yesterday, found 3,703 cases of the Alpha (UK) variant (88.48%) and 348 Delta cases (8.32%).

                              The Delta variant cases include 318 in Bangkok, 17 in Udon Thani, 2 each in Saraburi, Nonthaburi, Khon Kaen and Chaiyaphum and 1 each in Phitsanuloke, Roi-et, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram and Samut Sakhon.

                              The tests were jointly undertaken by the Medical Sciences Department and a network of laboratories at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi hospital and Prince of Songkhla University.

                              The tests also found 98 cases of the original B.1 (dade G), B.1 (dade GH), B.1.1.1 (dade GR) strains, accounting for 2.34%, 26 cases of the Beta (South African) variant, accounting for 0.62%and 10 cases of B.1.524 variant, accounting for 0.24%.

                              Citing reports from Public Health England and the World Health Organization, Dr. Supakit said that the Alpha variant is easily transmissible and has caused more infections and deaths than the original strains, but the available vaccines are effective against it.

                              He said the Delta variant can spread faster than the Alpha strain, but there have been no confirmations that the latter is more dangerous, while the Beta (South African) strain, though spreading much slower, causes more sickness and deaths than the original strains adding, however, that the vaccines available are effective on the Alpha and Delta strains.

                              Dr. Supakit said that the stringent surveillance of the spread of different variants of COVID-19 by laboratories will be helpful in the containment of the contagion.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/delta-i...es-department/

                              Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                              Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

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                              • Thailand - 27 Covid deaths, 2,290 new cases

                                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                                There were 27 more Covid-19 fatalities and 2,290 new cases in the country over the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Friday morning.

                                There were 1,996 cases in the general population and 294 among prison inmates.

                                Over the past 24 hours, 5,711 Covid-19 patients were diagnosed recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

                                Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 160,965 Covid-19 patients, 117,572 of whom have recovered.

                                Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 189,828 Covid-19 cases.

                                The death toll was at 1,308 in the third wave and 1,402 from the beginning of the pandemic early last year.

                                The Covid-19 Information Centre at first announced the number of new fatalities at 43 before 8am, and about 20 minutes later reduced it to 27.

                                The daily death toll was down from the 43 reported on Thursday and 35 on Wednesday.

                                Apisamai Srirangson, spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said later during the afternoon briefing that the 27 fatalities were aged from 48-94 years.

                                She said 17 were in Bangkok, two each in Pathum Thani and Samut Sakhon, and one each in Samut Prakan, Kanchanaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Chai Nat, Ratchaburi and Saraburi.

                                The 2,290 new cases over the past 24 hours included 1,966 community infections and 30 imported cases. Bangkok had the most cases at 942.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-290-new-cases

                                Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
                                Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


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