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Thailand's COVID-19 protocols: What to do if you test positive or are a close contact of a case (Jan 2022)

Thailand's COVID-19 protocols: What to do if you test positive or are a close contact of a case (Jan 2022)

The protocols also offer courses of action individuals who are tested COVID-19 'negative' can take as a precautionary measure before going about their daily lives.

Thailand's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), on 12 January 2022 (Wednesday), released an updated set of protocols on the treatment and management of COVID-19 individuals in the country. The protocols offer various courses of action that either COVID-19 positive, negative, or close-contact individuals can take note of.

This was shared by the Department of Public Relations on Facebook.

For COVID-19 positive individuals

  • Individuals who are 'persons under investigation' (PUI) with a 'positive' result on the antigen test kit (ATK) are to contact the National Health Security Office (NHSO) number 1330 or via LINE at @nhso. There will be officials on standby to help give advice and assess the symptom level.

  • Individuals with no to mild symptoms, and with no other risk factors such as congenital diseases, can opt to undergo home isolation or community isolation, in which officials will follow up, inquire, and look out for the symptoms constantly, as well as provide medicine and other necessities until recovered.

    • In such circumstances, the policy (undergo home or community isolation) will be implemented based on the fact that most people who have been diagnosed with the Omicron variant usually have mild to no symptoms, and do not need to undergo treatment at the hospital. This is to preserve the capacity of the public health system for critical cases.

    • However, if symptoms worsen during home or community isolation, the officials will immediately coordinate the transfer of the individual to the hospital so that they can receive proper medical attention.

  • Individuals with a positive result on the ATK with the following symptoms, or risk factors such as other underlying medical conditions, are to be sent to the hospital for treatment.

    • In general, individuals who have a fever exceeding 39 degree Celsius for more than 24 hours;
    • In general, individuals who belong to high-risk groups with underlying medical conditions;
    • For adults, individuals who have rapid breathing of 25 times or more per minute; have low blood oxygen level (less than 94%);
    • For children, individuals who have difficulty breathing, drowsiness, and have had lesser intake of food/milk.

For COVID-19 negative individuals

  • Individuals with a negative result on the ATK will be further assessed whether he/she has symptoms or not.

  • If symptoms are present, individuals are required to undergo a repeat PCR test to check the results again.

  • However, if there are no symptoms present, individuals will be accessed based on the potential risks from past contacts.

    • If there is a history of close contact in high-risk areas, individuals are to undergo self-quarantine and ATK self-check every three days, or when symptoms are present. If the result turns ‘positive’, individuals are to contact NHSO (as aforementioned).

    • If there is a history of close contact in low-risk areas, self-quarantine is not mandatory. Individuals, however, are required to follow the DMHTTA measures, which includes social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and checking body temperature before entering different locations.

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