Chula medical expert warns of long-Covid threat, urges people to continue wearing masks
Thailand could face a serious wave of long Covid after the change in Covid-19 policy from Saturday, Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine lecturer Thira Woratanarat posted on Facebook on Friday.
He warned of a crisis from more chronic diseases and long-term health expenses.
He said society may not become aware of this problem in the short and long term as people might think that it was caused by other factors.
They might not think that it was caused by Covid-19 and believe they could recover on their own with patience and despite financial limitations.
Thira said that the number of losses in the past year was evidence that a lot of people were affected by the infection.
He cited research in Singapore that patients’ congenital diseases could worsen and lead to death.
He warned people to live carefully and always protect themselves while also monitoring their health after being infected.
He said that long Covid could affect several body systems according to the research, including the brain, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.
He suggested that the best way to avoid getting long Covid, which could cause lifelong disability, is to avoid getting infected by always wearing masks.