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Thai health officials say Covid patients with mild symptoms can treat themselves


The Department of Medical Services in Thailand says Covid patients who only experience mild symptoms can treat themselves at home but need to practice disease prevention measures if going outdoors. Yes, that means face masks are recommended in those cases.

“If patients have to go outdoors, they should undergo Covid-19 prevention measures, including wearing two face masks, washing hands regularly, and keeping a distance from others.”

Patients with mild symptoms are being advised to take an antigen test if they have a sore throat or fever. It’s also recommended that they self-isolate for 5 days to prevent spreading the virus and doctors will issue a medical certificate to cover a 5-day absence from work.

DDC acting director-general Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn says Covid patients with mild symptoms will be provided with medication based on their symptoms.

“If patients develop severe symptoms, they will be treated as inpatient, while physicians will prescribe Remdesivir for them.”

Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn adds that while infections and deaths from Covid-19 are falling, vulnerable people remain at risk. This includes the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, who should ensure they receive at least 4 Covid-19 vaccine doses.

According to a Nation Thailand report, patients who go on to develop severe symptoms, such as a fever of 39 degrees Celsius or oxygen saturation lower than 94%, should consult a doctor.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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