Coronavirus in Thailand. We are working!
Coronaviruses are a family of hundreds of viruses that can cause fever, breathing problems, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms. The new 2019 coronavirus Covid-19 is one of seven members of this family that have infected humans, and the third in three decades to be transmitted from animals to humans. Since arriving in China in December, this new coronavirus has triggered a global health emergency that affects nearly 100,000 people worldwide, and more than 3,000 people have died to date. As of March 3, about 100 cases were reported in the United States, and six people had died.
How does it spread?
Researchers are still trying to understand how SARS-CoV-2 is distributed between people. (SARS-CoV-2 is the official name of the microbe; the official name of the disease that you get from the microbe is Covid-19 - more on this below.) It is likely to be transmitted in drops by coughing or sneezing, and the virus has an incubation period of two to 14 days. This means that people can become infected for a long time before symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath appear.
CDC officials now say that Americans should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Based on the number of new cases, the overall risk of receiving Covid-19 is still quite low in most parts of this country. But flaws in disease tests and strict testing requirements severely limit the number of people who have been tested, which means that no one knows who can actually be infected, or how serious (or mild) their illnesses can be. The growing number of cases of public spread in California and Washington suggests that the virus may spread more widely than the number of cases may indicate.
What are the specific symptoms of Covid-19?
In confirmed cases, most people report a temperature with a dry cough; some experience shortness of breath, sore throat, or headache.
Often, who is infected with COVID-19, the symptoms may be minor or absent. You may not know that you have COVID-19 symptoms because they look like a cold or flu.
Symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.
pneumonia in both lungs
In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
If you feel unwell, you should visit a health care provider, call in advance or inform them that you have a respiratory illness upon arrival. You may be asked to wear a mask while waiting or treating to prevent the spread of the disease. It is necessary to conduct an examination using a smear from the oral cavity or nose or a blood test.
If you have traveled abroad and have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath over the next 14 days:
isolate yourself from society as soon as possible and call your doctor or public health authority.
Tell them about your symptoms and travel history. Tell them if you had direct contact with animals or a sick person, especially if they had symptoms.
It is important to know how you can prepare if you or a member of your family gets sick.
Diagnosis of coronavirus.
Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by a doctor based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests.
There is currently no vaccine or drug for COVID-19 that is approved for the treatment or protection against COVID-19.
Most people with mild coronavirus disease recover on their own. Your healthcare provider may recommend steps you can take to alleviate the symptoms.
Consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you have a history of travel to a region where coronavirus outbreaks have been noted.
The sooner you consult with your doctor, the higher your chances of recovery.
The flu vaccine will not protect you.
While coronaviruses are a respiratory disease, these infections do not coincide with flu-causing infections. If you get a flu vaccine, it will not protect against coronaviruses.
How can I avoid coronavirus infection?
Wash your hands as often as possible, disinfect all your technical equipment. Just like your hands, your smartphone, keyboard, headphones and all other devices can carry a virus that lives on metal for up to 12 hours.
If you are not a medical professional, do not buy a face mask - this depletes the supplies for the medical workers who need them. The mask does not protect against the penetration of the virus into the mucous membranes, unfortunately. The same goes for gloves (see above: “wash your hands”). Scientists note that the virus is quite severe. If in your environment a person sneezes or coughs, stay at least 1 meter away from him, thus reducing The chances are that the virus will reach you by airborne droplets.
If you are at high risk (over 60 years old, you already have lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system), you should seek treatment if you are sick, as it can quickly go from coughing to full-blown severe pneumonia fatal. Contact your doctor or clinic with your suspicions so they can refer you to tests and perform analyzes accordingly. If you do not belong to a high-risk group, it is possible to isolate yourself from society, to support the body with a large amount of fluids and medicines for fever. It is known that antibiotic therapy is not suitable for treating the virus, so patients with a viral infection are treated with immunity support. Most likely, you will get better, and thus you will not endanger anyone and do not infect the virus. Do not go to the emergency room unless you really experience life-threatening symptoms.
Is Covid-19 more deadly than flu?
This remains to be seen. According to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2019-2020 flu caused 19 to 25 million diseases and up to 25,000 deaths. Covid-19 numbers are more difficult to calculate because it is not yet clear how many people are infected. The CDC estimates a mortality rate of about 2 percent, which is higher than the flu, but the actual number can be much lower because less serious cases may not be reported. People with milder illnesses may not even go to the hospital, and healthcare professionals may mistakenly take cases of the flu or pneumonia. If epidemiologists only count the most severe cases, the mortality rate will look higher because a higher proportion of these patients die, so this may not give an accurate reflection of reality.
The biggest difference between the two types of infection is that the healthcare system is better prepared to fight the flu. This happens every year, and although some strains are more serious than others, doctors know how to treat and prevent this. Covid-19 coronovirus is an uncharted territory, because scientists have a lot of questions about how it is distributed, but there is no vaccine for it. This is why governments around the world are reacting so quickly, blocking travel to China and isolating people who might be at risk. On March 11, the World Health Organization officially confirmed Covid-19 to pandemic status.
Where did the coronovirus come from?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause disease in humans, while others cause disease in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and usually associated with mild illnesses similar to the common cold.
COVID-19 is a new disease that has not previously been detected in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect humans, and less commonly, they can be transmitted from person to person through close contact.
There were 2 other specific coronaviruses that spread from animals to humans and caused severe illness in humans. These:
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS CoV)
Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus Syndrome (MERS CoV)
The first cases were discovered at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei, when hospitals began to receive patients with severe pneumonia. Like the viruses that cause MERS and SARS, the new coronavirus appears to have evolved from bats, but it is unclear how the virus was transmitted from bats to humans or where the first infections occurred. Often, pathogens pass through an intermediate “reservoir for animals” - bats infect animals, and humans come into contact with these animals. It can be milk or undercooked meat, or even mucus, urine or feces. For example, MERS went to people through camels, and SARS through cats sold in the live animal market in Guangzhou, China.
Scientists do not know why some coronaviruses made this jump, while others did not. It may happen that the viruses did not reach the animals with which people interact, or that the viruses do not have the necessary peak proteins, so they cannot attach to our cells. It is also possible that these jumps occur more often than anyone understands, but they go unnoticed because they do not cause serious reactions.
How do coronaviruses work?
Coronaviruses are divided into four groups called genera: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. These small invaders are zoonotic, which means that they can spread between animals and humans; Gamma and delta coronaviruses primarily affect birds, while alpha and beta are mostly found in mammals.
Researchers first isolated human coronaviruses in the 1960s, and for a long time they were considered quite moderate. Mostly, if you have a coronavirus, you would catch a cold. But the most famous coronaviruses are those that
Coronaviruses consist of a single strip of RNA, and this genetic material is surrounded by a membrane strewn with a small amount of pointed proteins. (Under the microscope, these proteins stick together in a ring around the top of the virus, giving it the name “crown” in Latin means “crown.”) When the virus enters the body, these spike proteins attach to the host cells and the virus introduces this RNA into the cell nucleus, hijacking a replication mechanism there to create more virus. Infection comes.
The severity of this infection depends on several factors. One of them is what part of the body the virus seeks to reach. Less serious types of coronaviruses, such as those that cause the common cold, tend to attach to cells located higher in the airways — places like your nose or throat. But their tougher relatives stick in the lungs and bronchi, causing more serious infections. The MERS virus, for example, binds to a protein found in the lower respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, so that, in addition to causing respiratory problems, the virus often causes kidney failure.
Another thing that contributes to the severity of the infection is the proteins that the virus produces. Different genes mean different proteins; more virulent coronaviruses may have spikes in proteins that are better fixed on human cells. Some coronaviruses produce proteins that can protect the immune system, and when patients have to boost immune responses, they get worse.
How Thailand is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus.
As many people know, Thailand is in close proximity to China, about 130-150 km. 20% of the population of Thailand are Chinese, who have a bunch of relatives and business in China. Needless to say, Thailand, like all of Asia, is in the zone of increased risk of coronavirus infection.
China announced a new virus on December 31, 2019. The whole world reacted rather sluggishly, well, they sympathized with the Chinese. No one took radical measures to protect. On January 3, our company employees returned from New Year's holiday in Singapore. The plane from Singapore to Thailand flew empty. Passengers counted 28 people for the entire Boeing. At the border control, in duty free, in toilets in Thailand, there was already everywhere an antiseptic gel and boxes with masks for everyone. Is free. Thermal imagers installed. Airport workers in masks and gloves.
A week later, a nationwide subbotnik was announced in the country. Everything, absolutely everything: directors, chiefs, managers, doctors, sellers washed their jobs and territories with antiseptics. From that moment to the present, this is a prerequisite for all residents of the country. All large-scale annual events planned in advance are canceled. No cases of infection have been recorded for a long time. In early February, Thailand reported 34 cases of coronavirus infection. One woman who flew in from China died.
The Thai government responded instantly by canceling the simplified process for obtaining a Thai visa for 30 days upon entry into the country. The ban affected 18 states. This list includes Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu. Restrictions did not affect Russia.
It is worth noting that foreigners do not have the opportunity to receive free medical care in the country. For Thais, all tests and examinations are free. A resident of another state, if he does not have insurance, will have to pay from 10,000 to 25,000 baht, depending on the hospital. If the virus is detected, hospitalization is required, which varies from 3000-10000 per day in the hospital. Needless to say, having insurance is more than important.
If people still found themselves in the country without medical insurance, or if their insurance company does not include a coronovirus in the contract (there are some), Thai banks, for example SCB, offer coronavirus insurance for a year for only 450-850 baht, depending from the plan of the insurance policy.
In early March, the Thai Immigration Service informed tourists that it would not charge a fine to people who violated the period of stay in the country (under normal circumstances, this violation is fined 500 baht for each day of delay in stamp or visa). This is due to the fact that airlines began to abolish flights in general, airports of other countries are closed, air traffic has become a problematic mode of transport for many thousands of passengers who were planning to return home. It is worth noting that in Thailand there is practically no tourist flow from China, significantly fewer tourists from other countries.
In Thailand, all shops, institutions, hospitals, hotels and other places operate as before. They didn’t close anything, they didn’t forbid, and they didn’t enter quarantine. Thailand has prevented the spread of the virus, and is not fighting the consequences like Europe.
As for the work of our store we also have everything unchanged and according to the schedule. We work as before, all the packages are sent on time, the risk of infection from the virus in the packages is zero, since the virus dies in air after a maximum of 12 hours, it does not live longer.
I wish you health and enjoy your shopping!
We recommend that you maintain immunity. This is the best tool and help and fight against viruses and infections!