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Good habits will keep Omicron away, says top Thai virologist

Good habits will keep Omicron away, says top Thai virologist

SATURDAY, December 04, 2021

Expert virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan said in a Facebook post on Saturday that people should not be careless, especially with the arrival of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.

He explained that this variant affects the throat first and can spread quickly, but pointed out that people have learned how to protect themselves better over the past two years.

Though Thailand has had more than 2 million Covid-19 cases, less than 1 per cent of them have succumbed to the virus, unlike the US and Europe, he pointed out.

Yong said that though Thailand was slow in administering vaccines, it was better at preventing the virus from spreading.

“We were not able to prevent it to the point of no patients at all, but we could reduce the number of patients as much as possible,” the post read.

Applauding Thais for their good discipline in adhering to strict measures, he said that following the “new normal” guidelines and getting as many people jabbed as possible will bring life back to pre-Covid levels soon.

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The Chulalongkorn University virologist also said that Thailand has enough vaccine doses available and the most important factor now is to find those who have not been vaccinated.

“Getting double jabbed will prevent infections from Delta or Omicron variants from getting too severe,” he said.