Thailand was among the first countries with COVID-19 cases outside of China. The first case was discovered on January 12, 2020 and it then became one of the most highly infected countries in the world outside of China (with only 10 cases at that time).
There has been a peak of new infections reaching hundreds of people a day. But the number of infected people has decreased dramatically. There is just a 0.11% death rate from COVID-19 in Thailand. One of the lowest death rates in the world due to its excess ICU capacity with thousands of unused ventilators.
The GHS Index
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have ranked Thailand sixth among a total of 195 countries for the world’s strongest health security.
Thailand is also Asia’s No. 1 and the only developing country on the world’s Top 10 list. South Korea is the only other Asian country to be in the top 10 with Thailand.
Thailand scored 73.2 out of 100 points, despite being the only top 10 country to be in the upper middle income range.
A project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, with research by The Economist Intelligence Unit, the GHS Index is the first comprehensive assessment of epidemic and pandemic threats globally.
By considering the 6 indicators as follows
1. Disease prevention, 3rd in the world
2. The ability to detect diseases, 15th in the world
3. Rapid response and mitigation of disease outbreak, 5th in the world
4. Strong and stable health system, 2nd in the world
5. Commitment to develop the country’s potential. Has a budget plan for disease prevention and control and operates according to international guidelines, 12th in the world
6. The risk from biological threats, 93rd in the world
The result is that Thailand has an average score of 73.2, which means that it is 6th in the world and No.1 in Asia.
Other top ten..
- USA (83.5 score)
- United Kingdom (77.9 score)
- Netherlands (75.6 score)
- Australia (75.5 score)
- Canada (75.3 score)
- Thailand (73.2 score)
- Sweden (72.1 score)
- Denmark (70.4 score)
- South Korea (70.2 score)
- Finland (68.7 score)
Despite the overall score and only ranking 6th, Thailand has the least cases and lowest death rate.
Why does Thailand control COVID-19 so well?
National leaders and media have praised the Thai people over the past several months for handling the COVID-19 outbreak so well. President Donald Trump of the United States praised Thailand at a press conference for being number 1 in Asia and being ranked in the TOP 10 in dealing with the pandemic. The WHO praised the Thai Ministry of Public Health for good control of the problem.
John MacArthur, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC in Thailand praised the work of the Thai Ministry of Public Health for being effective in preventing COVID-19.
MPs in the British Council praised the Thai government policy for coping with the situation. There are still many in the media that praise Thailand for coping with the problem of COVID-19.
Reasons to understand why Thailand controls COVID19 so well:
- The public health system is already designed to deal with seasonal infectious diseases such as dengue hemorrhagic fever. There are more than 1 million volunteer health workers all over the country tracing and tracking infected people at every village level.
- Being alert and starting screening for fever at the airport since January 3, 2020, even before the announcement that COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person.
- The hot weather means people don’t cough and sneeze as much. Viruses may also die more quickly in hot outdoor conditions.
- Thai people usually don’t greet by hugging, kissing, and holding hands. Men and women also don’t touch each other (unless they are very close) as that is the social norm.
5. Some researchers also noted that it is related to the vaccination for Tuberculosis or BCG. It was found that countries with a lot of these vaccinations experience a low epidemic and a low mortality rate.
6. The severity of air pollution (air pollution) of pm2.5 at the beginning of 2020 caused most people to wear masks to avoid pollution which by chance coincided with the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. Therefore greatly reducing the outbreak.
One of the best travel destination for your family in 2020
It is believed that the situation for COVID-19 will be with us for many more years and a second outbreak may occur at any time. Until is it safe to travel, the way each country deals with the epidemic will become one of the factors in choosing where to travel. Therefore, Thailand is considered one of the most attractive travel destinations before and after COVID-19. One of the best travel destination after COVID-19 era.