Department Of Disease Control, Ministry Of Public Health – Thailand
Recommendations for Self-Protection
3.1 If you have symptoms Within 14 days after returning from a 2019-nCoV affected area, such as Wuhan, Hubei, China, if you have a fever with respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and notify the medical providers of your travel history, symptoms, and onset date of symptoms. The date of arrival in Thailand and accommodation location are also requested. Medical doctors will give you the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. After that, the doctor will notice the Public Health Office in the area or province and the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health for standard disease control protocol.
3.2 Hand Washing
General hand-washing – for removing dirt, sweat, and fatty fluids and to reduce the germs temporarily living on hands by washing hands with soap or liquid soap for around 15 seconds.
Alcohol Gel Hand Cleaning – If in an urgent case when it is inconvenient to use soap or liquid soap, and the hands are not contaminated with dirt or patient secretions. you can clean your hands with alcohol gel. Use 10 ml of alcohol gel for around 15-25 seconds (there is no need to wash hands repeatedly or to wipe your hands with a hand towel)
3.3 Wearing a Mask The correct way to wear a surgical mask or mask is as follows:
• Always wearing the colored side of the mask away from you, while the white side touches your face.
• Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
• Mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
• Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin. To protect yourself from respiratory pathogens, you should change the mask once per day and throw the mask in the trash. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
3.4 When You Need to Cough and Sneeze.
• Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze. Use a disposable tissue to cover your mouth and nose if possible.
• If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
• Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol gel after coughing or sneezing for personal hygiene
Recommendations for People who live In Condo or Apartment
3.1 Display information to alert staff, residents, and visitors regarding the COVID-19 situation and corresponding preventive measures. The information has been produced by the Department of Disease Control in three languages including Thai, Chinese, English (if you would like to request the preventive measures sheet, please contact the DDC hotline 1422 or download the materials from the DDC website: https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/introduction.php)
3.2 Inform the full-time staff of the residences, residents in every room, and close contact s or visitors who share the same rooms with residents that if they have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, they should wear a mask and frequently wash hands as recommended. If anyone with symptoms has recent travel history abroad within 14 days, notify the medical providers of their travel history.
3.3. Provide available automatic alcohol hand sanitizer dispensers especially in areas that have a lot of shared contact such as lobbies, restaurants, fitness centers, exit doors, and elevators for staff and residents, which can mitigate the risk of transmission among people.
3.4. Keep equipment clean, especially areas frequently touched by people, i.e. elevators, elevator buttons, telephones, handrails, door knobs, keycard scanners for apartment entry access, common toilets, exercise machines, and reception counters. Detergent and 70% alcohol solutions are recommended during the cleaning process.
3.5 Handheld thermometers are recommended to be installed at the reception counters of apartments in order to check the body temperature of residents.
3.6 Surgical masks should be sold or provided for residents at apartments.
3.7 Notify the cleaning staff of the risk of contracting the infection by emphasizing the importance of self-protection such as wearing a mask, windproof glasses and long rubber gloves while working.
3.8 Raise awareness among employees to keep their hands clean with soap and water or alcohol gel, avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth if not necessary, always keep their body warm and get enough sleep.
3.9 If there are more than two employees sick with pneumonia within one week, notify them to seek a medical doctor immediately.
At this time, there is no announcement of travel restrictions to China and other affected countries. To prevent infection, please comply with the recommendations as follows:
1) While travelling outbound, avoid attending crowded places or polluted areas, and stay away from people who are coughing and sneezing. Wear hygienic masks if you cannot avoid visiting crowded areas.
2) Avoid visiting live-animal markets and avoid exposure to and close contact with animals, especially sick or dead animals, and avoid consuming uncooked meat.
3) Frequently wash hands with water and soap or alcohol gel and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if not necessary
4) Do not use personal items with other people (such as handkerchiefs, glasses and towels) because the virus that causes respiratory system diseases can spread to the body through contact via direct fluid transfer from people who are infected.
5) Keep your body warm and get enough sleep
6) Within 14 days after traveling back to Thailand, if you have a fever or respiratory system symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose or difficulty breathing, you should wear a hygienic mask and seek a medical practitioner or public health officer immediately and inform them of your travel history, because the symptoms may lead to pneumonia complications, severe disease, or even death.