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« on: March 25, 2020, 03:33:16 PM »
Thailand Post promotes social distancing with pick-up service
Thailand Post is offering a pick-up service for unlimited number of parcels in response to the government’s campaign “Stay home, Stop virus, Save nation”.  The parcel will be picked up from the customer's house by a postman or vehicle bearing the placard ‘Pick Up Service’ in order to prevent the spread of Covid-1 and to support social distancing in Thai society, Thailand Post president Korkij Danchaivichit said.

The pick-up service starts from Wednesday (March 25) and this service is only available for domestic transport. nationthailand.com


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Re: social distancing - How To See Germs Spread (Coronavirus)
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 01:34:01 PM »
social distancing. Because you know it makes sense

How To See Germs Spread (Coronavirus)


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Re: social distancing - Lack of social distancing
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2020, 03:57:42 PM »
a message from the nurses & doctors. we stayed at work for you, please stay at home for us

Lack of social distancing causing spread, govt says

The government warned on Saturday that people are not practising social distancing which is resulting in a steady spread of Covid-19, which by yesterday amounted to a total of 1,245 infections and six deaths.

Despite invocation of the emergency decree, people have not complied with measures to control the spread of the virus as the number of new infections continues to soar, Covid-19 Administration Centre spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said.

Dr Taweesin made the remarks on Saturday after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

He said it was agreed the efficiency of disease control is assessed by a reduction in new infections.

“But the rising figures show that people still are not cooperating enough, and they have to do more to help with control measures,” Dr Taweesin said.

Citing figures, he said that if only 70% of the people cooperate, new infection cases will continue to surge. With 80% cooperating, figures will go down gradually, and if 90% of people cooperate, a marked decrease will follow.

He also said it was agreed that state procurement regulations will be relaxed to allow three agencies — the Food and Drugs Administration, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, and the Comptroller-General Department - to fast-track the purchase and import of medical equipment and personal protective gear for medical personnel.

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Re: social distancing - it's a start
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2020, 09:34:36 PM »
you have to make do with what you have  :o
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Re: social distancing - Social distancing is a very powerful tool
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2020, 11:59:09 AM »
Social distancing is a very powerful tool to fight against Covid-19 and this weapon needs the engagement of all

70% Thais stick to social distancing reports the bangkokpost.com Some 70% of Thais understand and are engaging in the "social distancing" campaign -- a major strategy to curb the transmission of Covid-19-- according to the latest survey conducted by the Department of Mental Health.

The 80% benchmark, he said, is based on a research in Australia, which found that is the threshold when Covid-19 transmission potentially stops. The Ministry of Public Health estimated that if social distancing compliance exceeds 80%, the number of Covid-19 cases will reach 7,745 by April 15. But the cases will climb to 17,635 by that date if social distancing compliance is 50%. With no social distancing, the number of cases will skyrocket to 150,000 in two weeks, he said.

"Social distancing is a very powerful tool to fight against Covid-19 and this weapon needs the engagement of all Thais," he said.

When asked about the practice of social distancing, 71% of respondents said they have avoided crowds, 24.7% admitted sometimes they need to mingle and the rest admitted to no change in behaviour.

Approximately 68% of respondents said they always kept a two-metre distance from others, 26.6% admitted they do it sometimes, while the rest said they ignored the distancing protocol.

Some 82% of respondents said they always wear a protective mask when leaving home, while 14% said they wore masks occasionally when outside. Only 0.5% said they never wore masks.

When it comes to washing their hands regularly, 90.5% of respondents said they did so, while 90% also said they use serving spoons when eating with others. "From this survey, it is fair to say that over 90% of participants are cooperative with the government, and only [a small minority] are non-compliant," he said.

The survey also found the majority of Thais are not panic-stricken by Covid-19. For 70% of respondents, their concern over Covid-19 is moderate, which means they are neither panicking nor carefree.

Some 76% said they are moderately fearful of Covid-19 disease, while 18% admitted they are gripped with fear. Another 5.6% said their concern over the global pandemic is low.
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Re: social distancing - don't touch
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2020, 12:11:18 PM »
social distancing, you know it makes sense, it works and people are practicing it.
so why not introduce social distancing into driving, like, be smart stay two cars apart, instead of the buffalo coming into play

we are being advised to stop touching our face to stop the spreading of germs, something we all do without even knowing we are doing it.
just how many times do we touch our face, hair, eyes, nose , ect. some women don't stop touching, patting, stroking their hair.

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Re: social distancing - that's not the way to do it
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2020, 06:17:08 PM »
setting an example
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Re: social distancing - laughter is the cure
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2020, 12:36:29 AM »
social distancing  ;D
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Re: social distancing - Coronavirus may change city designs
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2020, 08:39:46 PM »
social distancing not much chance here

The coronavirus pandemic has already changed many aspects of life. How we travel, how we work and how we live.
Experts warn it may even change how some of our cities will look and operate in the future.
Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Bangkok, Thailand.

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some sugest that the virus might be seasonal, but this remains to be proven. oddly enough Both this coronavirus and also Sars did emerge in winter. So, it does tend to indicate that this may be seasonal, maybe that's why some countries are effected more than others. in the laboratory,  this virus is very temperature-dependent - it's very stable at cold temperatures, but at warm temperatures, it can actually be inactivated. weather modellers have seen that the virus seems to be more transmissible in cold weather. as a vacine might at least be a year away. The best method which we have now social distancing and quarantining


Coronavirus: Social distancing the best defence for now, say experts

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Re: social distancing - is all we have
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2020, 05:32:19 PM »
social distancing is all we have. taking yourself out the chain. interesting video

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Repeated periods of social distancing may be needed until 2022: Harvard study



A one-time lockdown won't halt the novel coronavirus and repeated periods of social distancing may be required into 2022 to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, Harvard scientists who modeled the pandemic's trajectory said Tuesday (April 14).

Their study comes as the US enters the peak of its Covid-19 caseload and states eye an eventual easing of tough lockdown measures.

The Harvard team's computer simulation, which was published in a paper in the journal Science, assumed that Covid-19 will become seasonal, like closely related coronaviruses that cause the common cold, with higher transmission rates in colder months.

But much remains unknown, including the level of immunity acquired by previous infection and how long it lasts, the authors said.

"We found that one-time social distancing measures are likely to be insufficient to maintain the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 within  the limits of critical care capacity in the United States," lead author Stephen Kissler said in a call with reporters.

"What seems to be necessary in the absence of other sorts of treatments are intermittent social distancing periods," he added.

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Re: social distancing - Staying sane with kids at home
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2020, 11:01:38 AM »
Staying sane with kids at home


QUALITY TIME: Dawee Chaikere, 39, and her husband, spend time with their three children at their home in Nonthaburi during their stay at home to help contain the outbreak of Covid-19. She admits that it is a challenge to find activities to keep three young sons happy, busy and learning at the same time.

Social distancing as means of slowing down the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak is proving to be a real challenge to many adults -- even those who live by themselves. So what is it like to work from home with young children to take care of during this crisis?

Needless to say, the task is far more challenging to many as they find themselves struggling to cope with their own stress while attempting to take care of their kids in this unusual situation.

Warunee Punpanich Vandepitte, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist with Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, said even though the Covid-19 infection rate among children is low, about 1% as documented in China, and the virus doesn't seem to be virulent in infected children, it is still important to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The doctor, however, recommended against getting very young children, aged two or younger, to wear a face mask because their respiratory tracts are small, which makes it difficult for them to breathe through a face mask.

"That can accidentally lead to suffocation. So make them put on a face mask only when in a situation with a high risk of being exposed to the virus such as when travelling in a public bus or getting into a crowded area," she said.

Parents or guardians also need to avoid creating a stressful atmosphere at home, by managing their own stress which can have a spin-off effect on children, she said.

Arranging games designed to promote children's concentration span and meditation effects as well as reading stories to them are recommended as activities for creating a stress-free environment during the stay-at-home period, Assoc Prof Warunee said.

Being forced to stay mainly home during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak could become a "traumatic event" especially for many young children, said Prani Paveenchana, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Manarom Hospital.

However, not every child reacts to stress the same way, given their differences in personalities, she said.

Those who are extroverts and like socialising will find social distancing difficult to live with, while young introverts who are shy and like sticking close to home might cope better, she said.

All children, however, share the same need of assuring messages from their families about the outbreak and what they should do to stay safe, she said.

"Parents and other adult members of the family should avoid repeating scary stories about the outbreak in front of children or have them exposed to too much media coverage about the outbreak," she said.

"An abrupt change in lifestyle adopting rules which are too strict about household hygiene at home such as washing hands constantly and cleaning up things with alcohol often in front of children could also create a stressful environment," she said.

Dr Prani also stressed the importance of parents trying to set routines for the sake of the young members of the family.

Fun activities other than leaving children with tablets or computer games are recommended, she said, adding that teaching them to learn to make things such as their own toys is ideal.

Virtual social connections are also recommended for keeping children connected with their social life, she said.

"A video call with close friends may help. Social distancing doesn't necessary mean social disconnecting," she said. "If your kids want to invite friends over for a birthday party, why don't you get them all on a video conference instead? That will be fun too."

Parents may also check children's mental state once in a while by inviting them to speak out about how they feel about social distancing at home, said the doctor.

However, the rule is get them to talk about the stressful situation surrounding Covid-19 as little as possible, she said.

Parents who feel they have run out of activities to keep their children entertained at home are advised to ask their children what they want to do.

But that doesn't mean parents will have to spoil their children during this stay-at-home period, she said, adding that fostering discipline is important for children at all ages.

For children developing too much stress to deal with at home, a visit to a psychiatric hospital rather than a general hospital with a psychiatric ward may be in order, as a the risk of getting exposed to Covid-19 at a general hospital could be higher, she said.

Many children are bored of home life as many of the activities they used to enjoy outside before the outbreak have been suspended, she said.

In this case, she said, she recommends drawing, painting and learning something new and fun online which appeals to youngsters but isn't too academic.

"After the first full month of stay-at-home practice, some children and adults alike may need medical help dealing with stress," she said.

Signs of this type of problematic stress include sleeping difficulty, uncontrollable anxiety or worries and a strong feeling of depression, she said.

Patcharin Dhanakornpipattanakul is a 37-year-old mother with a two-year-old son. She works from home in a house which she shares with her husband and his mother. She admits that adjusting to the stay-at-home regime was challenging at first.

She has had to deal with unexpected changes in her young child's mood. Her husband must also work from home. His mother works in well with them by helping take care of the child.

She needs to be creative in coming up with ways to convince her son to wear a face mask. She told him it smells bad out there so that everyone has to wear a mask.

Dawee Chaikere, 39, and her husband have to work from home while taking care of their three sons aged 10 months, 4 years, and 7 years old respectively. Music recital, online classes, in-door football and simple housework help keep the children amused, she said.

"Raising three kids, all boys, is quite stressful. We have not been out since the school break. Last year we took them to the provinces and played outdoor activities. But self-quarantine is also good as parents and their kids can spend time together. It's warm feeling," she said.

"The children develop very fast. We see the ability and willingness of our oldest son to take care of our youngest. This is something sweet that eases our stress," she said.

Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said staff are looking into the effects of Covid-19 infection on child health, which at the moment appear to be mild. Up arriving home, adults are advised to wash their hands, take a wash and change before they come close to other people in the family.

Observing their own signs of possible Covid-19 infection and isolating themselves if necessary are also important to avoid unintentionally passing the virus, he said.

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Re: social distancing - Myanmar market social distancing at its best
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2020, 04:03:23 PM »
Thailand take note

Facebook user Jain Weraphong’s post of pictures of a fresh market in Myanmar employing the social distancing practice has come in for praise.
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Women addicted to gambling 'biggest violators of social distancing practice'

Ageing women who love gambling are the biggest violators of the social distancing practice, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Sunday (April 26).

He urged husbands to dissuade their wives from going to gambling dens.

According to police statistics of curfew breakers, 87 joined gatherings, up 47 from the previous day while 568 left their houses during curfew hours, down 27 over a 24-hour period, he said.

Those who joined gatherings for drinking, gambling and illicit drug consumption were people aged between 11-40, the majority being males. However, the majority of violators in the age group 51-60 were women, mostly those who visited gambling dens, he said.

“Husbands should inform their wives about the dangers of the Covid-19 contagion,” Taweesin warned.

Social distancing and curfew violators on April 26, were mostly found in Pathum Thani, Rayong, Bangkok, Phuket and Samut Prakan provinces.

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A viral post reveals a lack of social distancing onboard Nok Air flight



A Nok Air passenger from flight DD7809 flying from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Don Meuang Bangkok last Friday posted on her Facebook account with a picture expressing her concern about the lack of social distancing during boarding and then on the plane.

“The airline notified passengers that it had to make a detour to Trang Airport to pick up additional passengers. The detour not only caused a two-hour delay but social distancing measures and alternate seating to prevent Covid-19 from spreading could not be implemented as the added passengers filled up the plane.”



In response to this Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand director general Chula Sukmanop says “the mandatory measure come into effect only from May 1.”

“This picture was taken before May 1, while Nok Air had already notified the CAAT of operating the new Nakhon Si Thammarat-Trang-Bangkok route, aiming to accommodate more passengers.”

“However, from May 1, the social distancing measure must be strictly applied to – from the ticketing booths until the destination airport.”

So far, Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air say they will resume limited domestic flights starting May 1. Meanwhile, ThaiSmile (the short-haul subsidiary of Thai Airways) has announced that it is ready to resume services for domestic routes on June 1. Limited destinations will be available and likely only be destinations in provinces that have not had reported cases for the past 28 days.

According to Chula, some of the measures imposed on airlines and passengers include…

    Restricting each aircraft to carry passengers at a maximum 70% of capacity.
    Flights longer than 90 minutes must set aside seats in the last two rows to isolate sick people.
    Every passenger must wear a face mask at all times or they will be denied boarding.
    Food and beverages will not be sold onboard to minimise the chance of Covid-19 spreading.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob says “he was aware of the situation and had written to Nok Air urging them to improve their measures to address passenger concerns as soon as possible.

“I have invited Nok Air representatives to discuss this issue. Airlines that ignore the social distancing measures will be issued a warning first, but if the problem continues, they will eventually be suspended.”

SOURCE:    nationthailand.com
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Re: social distancing - Glass booth dividers (video)
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2020, 02:56:32 PM »
Glass booth dividers : A new normal for dining in Spain

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Re: social distancing at its best after the Skytrain broke down
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2020, 01:26:25 PM »
this morning after the Skytrain broke down


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Re: social distancing - Taxis to get special Covid-19 shield
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2020, 12:12:29 PM »
Taxis to get special Covid-19 shield
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has unveiled a special barrier that taxi drivers can use to shield themselves from customers amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The barrier will be placed between drivers and passengers to prevent transmission and it can be installed and removed without the need to modify the vehicle.       full article  bangkokpost.com
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Re: social distancing - give the dog a bone
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2020, 11:36:10 AM »
good to see all folowing the rules
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Re: social distancing - Can't bear to eat alone
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2020, 12:07:50 AM »
One restaurant in Thailand is ensuring it meets new social distancing guidelines, and providing lonely diners a bit of company, by seating stuffed pandas at its tables.


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Re: social distancing - an alternative to state quarantine
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2020, 12:16:07 AM »
Hotels and hospitals to offer an alternative to state quarantine

The government said on Thursday that apart from local and state quarantine, an alternative quarantine option will be made available to people returning from abroad.

The government said that hospitals and hotels have partnered together to provide a third option for citizens.

It will have to be approved by the health ministry but individuals who choose this option will pay for the costs themselves.

“We have tested this option for quite some time now and it has proven to be very popular, so the scheme will be further developed and expanded,” Government spokesman Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin said.

The option is already available for people who can afford it; however, the hotels must already be approved by the health ministry.

The Department of Health Service Support said on Thursday that there are now four hotels approved by the ministry, including 100 rooms at Movenpick Wellness BDMS Resort Hotel, 79 rooms in Qiu Hotel, 64 rooms in the Idle Residence and 60 rooms at Grand Richmond Hotel.

In total, there are 303 rooms available, prompting the CCSA to announce the expansion of the alternative state quarantine option.

To use these accommodations, passengers will have to state their intention and the place they wish to be quarantined in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being granted permission to enter Thailand.

They must provide a letter of intent for an alternative state quarantine at the airport. Hotels and hospitals will have to arrange transport for these individuals.

As the passengers are covering all of the expenses, it is advisable for citizens and visitors to contact these hotels before flying into Thailand.

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Re: social distancing - In cities, a dramatic end to social distancing
« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2020, 12:22:58 AM »
In cities, a dramatic end to social distancing



After nearly three months of staying home, avoiding groups and keeping away from people who coughed, Allison Lane found herself packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a stranger's home filled with people who were hacking their lungs out.

The police had throttled them onto a residential D.C. street, and a local man had opened his door to provide refuge. They were coughing because of the tear gas police had used to disperse groups of people that had stayed out past curfew to peacefully protest police violence. Some people trapped in the house had removed their masks to wash chemical irritants from their skin and eyes.

So much for social distancing.

Like many Americans, Lane had lately been living as a shut-in, giving other people - and herself - plenty of space to avoid the coronavirus that has killed more than 100,000 Americans in the past three months. Then George Floyd had been brutally killed by police, on camera, and she felt compelled to take to the streets.

She had tried to maintain her distance from other protesters, but now that was impossible. The solidarity of a mass demonstration had given way to the intimacy of a makeshift bunker. There protesters, who were "mostly black and brown people," wanted to console each other, says Lane. There were a lot of hugs.

"When we were stuck in the house, I was like, I guess it's all a wash from here," says Lane, 34. "I've been trapped in (my) house for months, and now I'm out here protesting people dying, and I might die of covid."

What a way for a quarantine to end. What a whiplash rebound for the public square. What an abrupt shift from one dangerous reality to another.

Since March, the suspension of sports and parades and rallies and concerts had made the sight of large crowds a rarity, an anxiety trigger, even a scandal. Now, we are seeing massive crowds moving like ice floes on city streets. Protesters crowding shoulder-to-shoulder, shouting and chanting and singing at the tops of their lungs. Police moving in tight formation, manhandling people and spiriting them away to crowded cells.

"If you told me in February that in the next three months I was going to see no strangers whatsoever, and then my first intimate contact with strangers would be in the back of a prison bus, I'm not sure what I would have said," says Jackson Loop, a 28-year-old Californian.

Loop was arrested for violating curfew at a downtown Los Angeles protest on the first day of June. He ended up on the bus with about 40 other protesters. Some were wearing masks, some were not. Loop's mask had slipped down during his arrest, and he could not fix it while handcuffed. They were unloaded at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium - which, before it became a temporary processing center for protest arrestees, was a coronavirus testing site. "The irony," he says, "was not lost on us."

For Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project in Oakland, Calif., the sudden leap from social distancing to social in-the-midst-ancing was "terrifying and beautiful." Terrifying, because she has asthma - if tear gas does not wreak havoc on her lungs, covid-19 could. Beautiful, because of the solidarity and the electric feeling of being surrounded by thousands of people determined to make themselves heard.

"Just to see my people, right?" she says. "Just to be around other human beings. Just to see people resisting ... To get to look someone in the eye, smile or raise a fist. We're social creatures."

We are indeed, and for months public health officials have urged people to resist their social nature, because that is what the coronavirus exploits. On that front, the massive protests across the country represent a risk of backsliding. Anthony Fauci, chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has expressed worry that protests could become spreading events. "Clearly there is active infection transmission," he told WTOP, a D.C. radio station. "It's a perfect setup for further spread of the virus."

But for many black Americans staying safe is not as simple as laying low. Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, has ravaged black communities at a much higher rate than white communities. Black and brown people are more likely to work low-wage essential jobs, increasing their exposure to the illness, with fewer protections from their employers. Due to unequal health care, housing, and even access to grocery stores, black people suffer disproportionately from chronic illnesses like hypertension and diabetes, comorbidities for covid-19.

The nationwide protests were sparked by the police killings of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but they also came in the middle of a pandemic that has been especially deadly to black Americans.

"It's just insult after insult after insult," says Enrique Neblett, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health who studies racial health disparities. The killing of Floyd "reinforces the same idea, that seems to suggest black lives don't really matter and are expendable," says Neblett. "And so you put it together, and it's not a pretty picture."

So people have taken to the streets, even if showing up in numbers means risking more infections.

For Brandon Mykel, 21, of Long Beach, Calif., the decision was a no-brainer. "I've been a black male for 21 years," says Mykel. "The coronavirus has only affected my life for six months of these 21 years. But the whole 21 years, I've had to change where I go. I've had to change what I wear, change how I talk. ... The police force is actually a lot more scary and a lot more worse to me than the pandemic."

Still, he is sensitive to the risks and is trying to help people protect themselves. Mykel went to multiple Los Angeles-area protests in late May to give away hand sanitizer, masks and water out of the back of a pickup truck. "A lot of people's eyes lit up," when he pumped the sanitizer into their hands, says Mykel. "We've still got to flatten the curve."

Some health professionals, sympathetic to the calculation Mykel and other protesters are making, have essentially written them a doctor's note clearing them to participate. A group of more than 1,200 epidemiologists and public health professionals signed an open letter stating their support for the protests, despite the risks. "As public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States," the letter says.

At many protests, the desire to mitigate the collateral effects of protesting are evident. Some protesters are wearing masks. Some are even designing protests around social distancing needs. Leah Key and her friend Hassan Thomas, both of Upper Marlboro, Md., are planning a socially distanced car protest for Prince George's County, Md., which has the most coronavirus infections of the Washington region, despite being one of the nation's wealthiest majority-black counties. Protesters are asked to decorate their cars with signs and honk their horns.

But even as protesters take precautions with each other, some things remain out of their control. Like the police. One video from a New York City demonstration shows an officer yanking down a black man's mask to pepper spray him in the face. The HuffPost reported that law enforcement officials seized shipments of cloth masks printed with the words "Stop Killing Black People," sent to various cities by the Movement for Black Lives.

"I don't think there's any way to know how bad it will be," Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, told The Washington Post, "but there is likely to be increased cases in cities with large protests." And because many states began seeing restaurants, salons and beach boardwalks reopen at around the time the protests began, it may be difficult to pinpoint the cause in viral spread.

"I think we have to stop and ask the question," says Neblett, the public health researcher. "Why did these folks feel that they had to, again, put their lives on the line and risk contracting covid to fight for humanity?"

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Re: Social distancing relaxed in MRT trains from today
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Social distancing relaxed in MRT trains from today
MRT trains will relax from Wednesday social distancing practices that had been implemented to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) and Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), the train operators, said on Tuesday.

“The relaxation is in line with the government’s fifth phase of easing of lockdown measures, and to accommodate the increase in commuters after schools reopen on July 1,” said the announcement. “Under the fifth phase, Department of Rail Transport allows public rail vehicles to carry passengers at 70 per cent of capacity and cancel the distancing norm of at least one metre in seating and standing areas, meaning passengers can now occupy all seats as usual.”

Passengers, however, must pass a thermal screening process before entering the train system (those with 37.5 degrees Celsius temperature and above will not be allowed in), wear face masks at all times, use alcohol gel hand sanitiser which is provided at all stations, and check-in/out via the ThaiChana platform.

The MRT operator also has asked passengers to refrain from talking while on the train, and stand in the specified yellow marks on the floor, facing the recommended direction to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.





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