December 2019 marked the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, China. We are still seeing the effects of the outbreak throughout the world today, with the ongoing struggle to contain and destroy the virus representing a major biological event.
The virus is spread among humans via germs contained in droplets of sputum, while its symptoms generally present themselves within 5 days of an infection or within 2–14 days of contact. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, exhaustion, breathing difficulties, aches and pains, joint pain, sore throat, headaches, and cold shivers. However, complications associated with such symptoms may include pneumonia, acute breathing difficulties, and loss of life. As there is currently no known cure for the virus, treatment is focused on relieving or easing symptoms. The government strongly advises citizens to practice the following preventive measures to stem the spread of Covid-19: wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing (especially regarding infected patients), monitor yourself for symptoms, and self-quarantine for at least 14 days if you suspect you may have come into contact with the disease.
There are bound to be many of you asking yourselves when we in Thailand will ultimately overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer is when more than 70% of the population have immunity to the virus. It is therefore important to note that there are only two ways to build immunity: by allowing yourself to contract the disease but placing your life at risk in the process, or by receiving a vaccine. Receiving a vaccine really is the best option we currently have available to ensure we eradicate the virus and its impact on society (information correct as of May 20, 2021).
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