Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) had been working together with the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant organizations in creating better understanding among the public on the management of beds in hospitals to accommodate COVID-19 patients in the area of Bangkok Metropolis. This included providing information highlighting the contact channels for patients, who were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 but cannot be hospitalized due to the shortage of hospital beds, to call the Department of Medical Service’s hotline at 1668, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine’s hotline at 1669 or the National Health Security Office’s hotline at 1330 for 24 hours. At any rate, the infected persons need to self-isolate for 10 days. According to the report on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, it found that people infected with COVID-19 could transmit the virus to other people within the period of 10 days. It means that after 10 days the virus will gradually lose the ability to be an infectious agent; nevertheless, the virus is still alive inside the infected persons. Therefore, it is suggested to wear surgical face mask, frequently wash hands, and apply social (physical) distancing.

In case of large or extended families living in the same home, it is suggested to act as follows: stay in separate bedroom, do not eat together with other family members, separate waste because waste from infected persons is considered the infectious waste, and use separate toilet or bathroom. If impossible, the infected person should be the last person to use the toilet or bathroom. Toilet or bathroom must be cleaned every time after each use. The areas that must be most cautious are wash basin and urinal or toilet bowl. In case of those who live alone or live in condominium, they can live normally inside their house/room and can use delivery services; however, they must wear surgical face mask, avoid close contact with deliveryman, and frequently wash their hands. People who live in condominium must notify Condominium Juristic Person and avoid using common area to prevent disease transmission. Everyone in the building must wear surgical face mask, frequently wash hands, and apply social (physical) distancing. The Condominium Juristic Person must prepare precautionary measures, notify all residents to be more careful, clean and spray disinfectant at the common area, and manage infectious waste.

Furthermore, the BMA has prepared hospital beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients at the BMA affiliated hospital and set up more field hospitals and hospitels by collaborating with the Ministry of Public Health in the joint hospital bed management with the network of 5 organizations via computerized system with daily updates. This can ease public concerns and build confidence in the referral system and caring of COVID-19 patients in the area of Bangkok Metropolis.

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