SIRIRAJ Piyamaharajkarun Hospital posted a message on its Facebook page yesterday (May 26) that all beds for critical Covid patients are now fully occupied with the emergency department also overflowing thus it cannot accept any more patients, TV Channel 7 and Naewna newspaper said this morning.
The hospital’s emergency department is still awaiting referral patients and for this reason cannot accommodate additional Covid-19 patients, the message said, while apologising for the inconvenience caused.
Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital is a hospital operated by the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University. It is located in Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, adjacent to Siriraj Hospital and opposite Thammasat University.
Earlier Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, said in a Facebook post that a spike in Covid infection has occurred as expected with the start of the new school year and the rainy season when seasonal respiratory diseases rage.
“Most of the population has been infected and the severity of the disease has decreased,” he said.
Those who are novid, or have never been infected, are prone to get infected during this period but there are significantly fewer of them, he added.
Those who are healthy will have fewer symptoms but those who are more vulnerable have to focus on preventive measures and upon getting infected quickly be treated with antiviral medicine.
Dr Yong added that the term novid is real but people who have never been infected will slowly decrease. It is also possible to get infected with Covid two to three times but symptoms generally decrease with repeated infection.
Top: The Omicron strain of Covid-19 virus. Image: Gavi.org
Insert: Dr. Yong Poovorawan. Photo: INN News
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