Avoid complacency to prevent COVID-19 second wave

 | Thu 9 Jul 2020 16:13 ICT

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has said that the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand has come to an end, but we must continue to keep the guard up by strictly observing the basic rules of hygiene.

Dr. Anupong Sujariyakul, an expert from the ministry’s Preventive Medicine, Department of Disease Control, said that there have been no new local COVID-19 cases for 44 consecutive days. However, he warned people to be prepared for the possibility of a second wave of infections, as the disease is still spreading in many parts of the world, with several countries already experiencing a second wave.

Despite reporting zero cases for over a month, the government has been very cautious in reopening the country. It is important to keep the preventive health measures, including wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing in place.

Scientists in 32 countries have reported to the WHO that coronavirus can be transmitted through airborne droplets smaller than 5 microns. Dr. Anupong said that the Thai Public Health Ministry had previously explained that the infection can be transmitted through airborne droplets in an enclosed environment, such as in intensive care units, but not in open spaces with good ventilation and sunshine. People should not to be overly concerned about airborne contagion [outside] at this point.