Coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand
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Mar 23, 2020 Update
We Asked: What is currently happening with regard to the Coronavirus outbreak in your area? Please provide as much detail as possible. The member replied...
Well what I am seeing, only small shops are closed, big grocery stores are open. Almost all(but found one that was letting people sit inside, restaurants are only offering take out. Otherwise still plenty busy on streets n sidewalks during Rush hour. Did not see a single police officer patrolling for open things or crowd dispercement!!
How People are Coping
We Asked: How are people handling the situation in your area? The member replied...
Almost everyone is wearing masks but other than that i Can't tell any difference.
Changing Conditions as coronavirus Spreads
We Asked: How has the situation changed as the Coronavirus has spread? The member replied...
We Asked: Describe how the government of the country about which you are reporting is handling this situation. The member replied...
1/2 heartedly. The central government has done little to nothing, leaving it up to districts. In fact Chinese were allowed free entry till just a couple weeks ago and now everyone is supposed to enter w a health certificate and insurance but there have been numerous posts on social media of people coming in with little more than a hand temperature taken. In fact both the CEO of the national carrier Thai Airways and the head of the main airport BKK resigned because they were not getting the proper support from the government. And a minister has repeatedly blamed 'DIRTY farangs'=white people for this problem, when indeed it's being spread by: a large boxing match held last week and now by allowing 1000s upon 1000s of THAIS to travel to their hometowns.
Government Response with Regard to Expats
We Asked: Describe how your home country's government has handled the outbreak situation with regards to its expatriate citizens. The member replied...
Periodic updates. Last one said if you want to go home, do it before all airline options are gone. If we don't then were on OUR own.
Supplies and Shortages
We Asked: Is there a shortage of supplies in your location? The member replied...
Preparing for the Future
We Asked: What are you doing in terms of preparations in case the situation deteriorates in your location? The member replied...
Just have enough food Tonbridge it out.
Lockdown & Passing the Time
We Asked: Are you staying home? If so, how are you passing the time?
The member replied...
Go out once every other day or every third day to either walk, goblins grocery or see a single friend. Otherwise watch YouTube, netflix or Porn.
Public Healthcare & Public Hospitals
We Asked: Are you enrolled in the public healthcare system where you live? Do you feel that the public hospitals are handling or preparing for the Coronavirus outbreak effectively? The member replied...
I am n no. Not on a MUCH larger scale.
Private Health Insurance & Private Hospitals
We Asked: Do you have private health insurance? If you have private insurance, does this give you access to private hospitals? Are private hospitals or clinics better prepared, less prepared, or the same? Please explain. The member replied...
No I don't.
Hospital of Choice for Coronavirus Treatment
We Asked: Would you choose a public or private hospital if you needed treatment for Coronavirus? Why? If there is a specific hospital that you would go to in the event of severe illness? Which hospital and why? The member replied...
I would footnote hospital assigned to me through Thai social insurance.
We Asked: Are you considering returning to your home country due to the Coronavirus? Would this be a temporary move or a permanent repatriation? Please explain. The member replied...
Not at this time.
Advice for People Outside of Bangkok, Thailand
We Asked: If you live in an area already heavily affected by coronavirus, what advice would you share with others elswhere in the world who may be facing the same challenges in the future. The member replied...
Follow the advice of WHO AND stay at home AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
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