Just over two months ago Thailand’s Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai stated ‘There is no outbreak (H1N1) in Thailand,’ at the time he surely knew that the virus was incubating as he spoke. Below is a piece of information that may surprise some people, alarm others and hopefully help to put some misinformed entrepreneurs out of business.
“Although face masks have been given out in Mexico, there is no actual evidence that proves wearing a face mask will stop you getting the virus. It’s more effective to use tissues when sneezing and coughing and wash your hands regularly.” source DirectGov
I have no wish to cause panic to any reader but lets get the facts straight, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) we are talking pandemic.
“An epidemic is a sudden outbreak of disease that spreads through a single population or region in a short amount of time.
A pandemic occurs when there is a rapidly-spreading epidemic of a disease that affects most countries and regions of the world.
Swine flu is now a pandemic. Pandemic flu occurs when an influenza virus emerges that is so different from previously circulating strains that few, if any, people have any immunity to it. This allows it to spread widely and rapidly, causing serious illness.” source DirectGov
Thailand is now waking up to the fact that to fight it, you have at first got to admit it’s there. At first many countries strategy is to deny that any viral outbreak has occurred thus avoiding nationwide panic. Media pressure can then accelerate a government into having to admit that an epidemic or pandemic is taking place. Once that news has broken then planning and resources can be put into place, education and facts are major tools in damage limitation from in this incidence the fight against swine flu.
“Although symptoms have generally proved mild, a small number of patients will develop more serious illness. Many of these people have other underlying health conditions, such as heart or lung disease, that put them at increased risk.” source DirectGov
Thailand’s position with its population size and initial H1N1 transmission source are very similar to the United Kingdom where I reside. Both countries have around 60 million citizens and tourist activity albeit entirely different in travel genre have similarities when considering the difficulty in controlling the spread of swine flu.
Thailand will know that with its daily arrival of tourists the inevitable H1N1 carrier will pass through immigration control and the UK has thousands of returning global holidaymakers as well as its EC foreign workforce who regularly commute back and forth between Britain and their homeland. Both countries face almost impossible tasks in smothering the advance of the Mexican virus.
“Up to 30 million Thais are likely to contract influenza type-A (H1N1) and up to 1,200 people could possibly die from it, the Public Health Ministry says.” source Bangkok Post
Thailand is experienced in dealing with a viral epidemic before as they proved with their control of the deadly SARS virus but culling chickens is easier than stopping coughs and sneezes. The rural villages of Thailand would seem much safer than the big cities but swine flu will spread to even the most far off Thai communities. Ease of travel will see to that.
The virus is continually spread amongst people globally, and WHO declares a pandemic.
“The number of confirmed cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) across the world continues to grow. The World Health Organisation’s current pandemic alert level is Phase 6. This is characterised by human-to-human spread of the virus in more than one WHO region. The alert phase refers to the geographical spread of the pandemic, not its severity.” source DirectGov
Swine flu is coming to get you or someone near you so be prepared as best you can, if you are ignorant to the facts then please do yourself a big favour and click here DirectGov
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