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Phuket Opinion: The responsible ones

Phuket Opinion: The responsible ones

PHUKET: It’s been a busy week as the island has been shut down bit by bit, and yet to culminate with the shutdown of the airport come April 10, a move many people say is already too late. But by that time, what happens in Phuket, stays in Phuket – literally.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 5 April 2020, 09:00AM

The level of personal responsibility for safety understood among people living in Phuket is difficult to assess. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The level of personal responsibility for safety understood among people living in Phuket is difficult to assess. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The moves to shut down businesses and venues that naturally create people traffic flow has been well supported, yet several other moves have been branded as overkill, such as the closing of public recreation areas and the beaches. This has not yet had any consequences, but leaving a house-bound population nowhere to go for mental reprieve other than a likely high-risk 24-hour convenience store can within weeks can turn people stir crazy. Other countries, the UK and Sweden for example, have recognised this and allow people to go to parks and other public areas, as long as they are not in groups.

Yet that common-sense approach will not work when the very people you are trying to protect could not be bothered to even protect themselves – and what makes the crowd on Patong Beach last week so despicable.

It’s not that the single mass congregation was most likely responsible for inspiring the move to close our beaches at the expense of any other common-sense folk, it was the sheer lack of responsibility for the care of others. If people want to risk themselves, that is their concern, but such people have shown no regard for whoever the disease might reach.

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As with those arrested at the rooftop pool party in Patong earlier this week, a couple of young friends at the party might later become infected, fall ill for a few weeks and then recover, leading them to think, “So what?” But down the line they have no idea who they might later infect, and eventually whose mother or grandmother might die from exposure to the same disease that they passed on. That’s how simple this is.

As anyone who has completed basic food hygiene training knows, fully preventing any form of cross-contamination in general conditions is nigh impossible. The best you can do is reduce your chances, and that is what this is all about. Yes, you can go outside; yes, you can go to a shop or your favourite cafe or restaurant and pick up a takeaway – it’s the handling of any transmission that falls as a personal responsibility for yourself and others.

So as the island enters a shutdown for the coming weeks, if you want to know exactly who should be held most responsible for trying to prevent the spread of the disease, just look in the mirror.

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CaptainJack69 | 05 April 2020 - 11:37:30

By way of example, as I (like all respectful people) am sitting here at home where I've been with my family for 2 weeks, unable to go anywhere, one of my neighbors has decided that now would be the perfect time to have their wall demolished. Ignoring social distancing with 8 Burmese workers coming round, and making life even worse for the respectful amongst us with constant jack-hammering.

GerryT81 | 05 April 2020 - 11:06:01

one month again.In the meantime you can think about what to do with all those people who lost everything because of those lockdowns worldwide.Something many on here did begging for.Maybe your own government should shorten your pension as an act of solidarity, as especially retirees on here are concerned about their own wellbeing.

CaptainJack | 05 April 2020 - 10:56:53

Thai's aren't responsible for anything. Nothing is their fault and they can do whatever they want. They seem to have attracted a lot of likeminded foreigners here to 'Mefirstland' as well. That's why public ares would be full of large groups of people if they were open and that's why these restrictions are going to get worse. STAY HOME PEOPLE!

Courius_011 | 05 April 2020 - 10:56:13

Could you please post the comparison of death toll on Phuket March 2020 vs March 2019 vs March 2018.
Can we start talking about facts?
Thank you.

GerryT81 | 05 April 2020 - 10:53:33

Exactly PN ! "Just look in the mirror" All those clowns on here who know everything so god damn well about how to prevent the virus from spreading and for weeks given their opinion what the government should do or not do should just stay home for one month. I'm sure those who always know everything better did stock up already to survive at home.So whingers,shut up now and come out in...


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