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COVID-19 now becoming a seasonal bug

BANGKOK: COVID-19 is becoming a seasonal virus in Thailand, primarily active during two periods of the year, said Yong Poovorawan, director of the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 13 December 2022, 08:55AM

A child is vaccinated at Chulabhorn Hospital which is offering free COVID-19 booster shots to those who received vaccinations with or are patients at the hospital. The vaccinations are being provided on weekdays, except for public holidays. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

A child is vaccinated at Chulabhorn Hospital which is offering free COVID-19 booster shots to those who received vaccinations with or are patients at the hospital. The vaccinations are being provided on weekdays, except for public holidays. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

Dr Yong said on his Facebook page that infections are expected to peak between June and September and November and February. He said the virus can re-infect a person, similar to the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), but unlike diseases such as measles which, once infected or vaccinated, can build immunity that lasts for life, reports the Bangkok Post.

Dr Yong said contrary to earlier predictions, herd immunity cannot end the spread of COVID-19. Though many people have become immune to contracting the virus, the pandemic continues to occur.

He said vaccines will not stop or contain the pandemic. No available vaccines were superior in quality to others as they all do the job of reducing severe symptoms and death, he added.

From Dec 4-10, there were 3,961 new infections, said the Department of Disease Control (DDC). Some 107 deaths were reported nationwide during the period, while 385 people were on life support. There have been 2,492,054 infections nationwide this year so far.

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Meanwhile, the cause of death of a man on a return flight from Saudi Arabia remains unknown, and further examination is needed, DDC director-general Tares Krassanairawiwong said yesterday (Dec 12).

Dr Tares said 71-year-old Bahaem Saesoh and four relatives left on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia on Nov 27 and flew home on Saturday. The man suffered from asthma. He had received two COVID-19 vaccine shots but no booster. He had been vaccinated against flu and meningococcal disease. Three days before the return trip, he exhibited asthma symptoms and was given medicine for relief.

On Dec 10, before boarding a Thai Airways International flight from Jeddah, he was suffering from exhaustion and was taken onboard the aircraft in a wheelchair.

During the flight, at about 8am Thai time, a passenger sitting next to him noticed his head was drooping and notified cabin staff. He was attended to, but the man showed no vital signs. Since it was feared he might have caught Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a nasal swab sample was done. It found COVID-19 genetic material but no sign of MERS.

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christysweet | 14 December 2022 - 11:49:11

 Of course the SARS-2  vax does not prevent influenza, no one ever said it did Two entirely different pathogens. Stop watching monetized You Tube channels, please. The information is simply cllick-bait and not valid. 

harald | 13 December 2022 - 23:01:18

of course, the arm chair experts are very funny here again as followers of the sect of covid19 believers who simply do not understand that neither vaccination (even if there are dozens of them) nor masks protect against infection with the flu virus covid19 :-D

harald | 13 December 2022 - 22:54:21

it's almost funny how some here in thailand are still playing along with the plandemic, when by now everyone who is reasonably educated knows that neither masks (unless they are very special) nor vaccinations protect against the flu virus :-D even the chinese finally checked it out , although not officially yet

christysweet | 13 December 2022 - 13:26:10

A seasonal SARS? Pleeeze, this particle does long term damage  to  the vascular systems we have only begun to understand. But, if a govt wants to cull an aging population, letting it spread unfettered is a perfect way to do it.  

Kurt | 13 December 2022 - 11:43:56

Surprising  that Thai Airways let board, in a wheelchair a 71 yr old person, suffering exhaustion due to pelgrimage. The good man should have regained strenght in a clinic/hospital first before the long flight back to Thailand. Well, his life wish, a pelgrimage was fulfilled. May he Rest in Peace.

Kurt | 13 December 2022 - 11:19:53

Was the Pandemic not declared to be over?
Herd immunity? NO, as the virus change all the time into other variants.
No vaccines superior in quality to others? YES, western vaccines are superior on russian and chinese vaccines. See the situation in China this very moment.  Have boosters and wear face masks in shops, hospitals, crowded places. Regretful many foreigners not do we see. 


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