Ministry: Youths showing slight symptoms in current Covid uptick

THE Public Health Ministry said clinical observation shows that the current round of coronavirus outbreak which started in entertainment venues is mostly spreading among youths who only display slight symptoms, Thai Rath newspaper said today (April 10).

Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said while the original advice on Covid symptoms was to watch out for fever, cough, sore throat, lack of sense of smell and taste, clinical observation now shows that the many younger patients only have slight redness in the eyes, a runny nose, no fever with some also having a rash.

This new round of the coronavirus outbreak that started on April 1 is leapfrogging in Thailand, he said, adding that it has already spread to 60 provinces.

Infection is clearly linked to entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges, and is jumping across provinces, especially provinces with a large number of such venues like Chiang Mai and Krabi.

Dr Opas urged those who show these symptoms to quickly seek medical attention or contact the ministry’s staff for advice.

People were also told to avoid poorly ventilated places nor mingle with large crowds during this Songkran festival .

“People who have already been vaccinated against Covid-19 have 60 percent protection against infection. It definitely reduces the chance of getting infected. However this prevention does not mean you will never get infected. The only advantage is that if it actually happens the chance of developing a serious illness is reduced and the chance of dying also reduced by almost 100%, “he said.


Top: A concept image with the message of the new normality that coronavirus has brought to the world. Photo: Mike Finn (CC BY 2.0)

Home Page: Dr Opas briefing the press on coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Thai Rath


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