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Dr Yong, Covid strategies must change

Leading virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan said on Wednesday that Covid strategies must change according to the situation.

Yong took to Facebook to say that Covid-19 has changed in the past two years as its severity decreases.

Previously, the government tried to prevent Covid-19 by locking down cities and reducing travelling, he wrote. Now everyone knows it is impossible to prevent Covid-19 completely as it is spreading more easily, with the number of patients soaring.

Most patients have no or mild symptoms and only a small number experience severe symptoms or death, Yong wrote.

According to the total number of patients verified via RT-PCR and ATK tests, there are only one or two deaths per thousand. Most are elders, people with underlying diseases, and unvaccinated, Yong went on to write.

Most patients have immunity from infection or have been already vaccinated so they will have no or mild symptoms when they are infected, he said.

Yong reiterated that people must adapt to living with the virus. Deaths must be as few as possible even if patients are in the vulnerable groups, while elders should be protected, he advised.

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