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Chula virologist shows how Thais can avoid a second-wave outbreak

May 14. 2020
Dr Yong Poovorawan
Dr Yong Poovorawan
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By The Nation

Thailand faces a second wave of Covid-19 infections unless people stick to the “new normal” of social distancing, warned a Chulalongkorn University virologist today (May 14).

Dr Yong Poovorawan noted that everyone was looking forward to the second phase of lockdown easing after the rate of infection had fallen. But he warned that a second wave of the outbreak had hit many other countries.

“To protect ourselves from the disease and the risk of a second-phase outbreak, we must stay on our guard and wash hands with soap or sanitising gel regularly and stay at home,” he wrote on Facebook.

“If people have to go outdoors, they must wear face masks, maintain distance from others and avoid going to crowded places. The windows of hair salons, restaurants, workplaces and houses should be opened for ventilation.”

He also advised people to beware of respiratory disease during the rainy season.

“Whether we suffer a second wave of the outbreak depends on us and the government's preventive measures, especially among migrant workers” he added.

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