His statement came in response to an online influencer urging asymptomatic people to isolate themselves at home.
Dr Opas said every infected person needs to be closely monitored by a medical team because many asymptomatic cases were found to have pneumonia. Also, many were found to worsen while in hospital.
Patients who have a chest infection can spread the virus by simply breathing, which is why every infected person needs to be admitted to hospital, he said.
He added that people who are in close contact with the infected person, such as family members, have a 40 to 50 per cent chance of getting infected and this risk rises to 100 per cent when they are in constant close contact. A simple 5-minute conversation with an infected person boosts the chance of transmission by 5 to 7 per cent, he said.
Also, he added, the highly infectious UK strain may see cases having to be quarantined under medical supervision for 14 days at least.
He also pointed out that thousands of beds are available in private hospitals, while more than 4,000 beds have been made available at “hospitels” (hotels with medical facilities) for asymptomatic patients.
“I am confident that there are enough hospital beds to accommodate all Covid-19 cases,” Dr Opas said.
As for protective gear for health workers, he said the stock of N95 masks should be enough for 12 months, other masks for nine months and PPE suits for five months.
He also said that 575,000 tablets of Favipiravir are available and another 500,000 have been ordered.
There are 277 labs across the country and 81,700 samples can be tested daily. Currently only up to 30,000 samples are tested per day.
Published : April 13, 2021
By : The Nation