The parochial grandfathers that run Thailand admonished 68 million Thais they habitually treat as children for being “reckless” after graciously being granted permission to leave their houses during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a condescending lecture Monday, a government spokesman said a government survey with dubious statistically accurte credibility determined that people were becoming lax in sanitizing hands, eating newly cooked food, using personal spoons, keeping distances from each other and refraining from touching faces.
A reputable world survey in recent days Thais are the most fanatical people in Asia at doing just those things. And Thailand has been devoid of the debaucherous pool parties and bar events that have sprung up all across the U.S. after restrictions were eased.
The Public Health Ministry, local World Health Organization officers, Siriraj and Ramathibodi hospitals, the National Health Security Office and the National Statistical Office participated in the Covid-19 control survey of 19,378 respondents May 8-14.
Of the respondents, 91 percent wore face masks but other self-hygienic practices were statistically significantly overlooked. The recent YouGov survey put that number at 95 percent, the highest by far in Southeast Asia.
The percentages of hygienic practices fell to 83.4 percent for washing hand with soap or alcohol gel, 82.3 percent for eating newly cooked food with personal spoons, 60.7 percent for social distancing, 52.9 percent for refraining from touching faces, and 72.5 percent for overall self-protection.
After eased lockdowns, the most popular places that respondents visited were wet markets and supermarkets (visited by 74 percent of respondents), followed by offices (60.5 percent), clinics and hospitals (29.1 percent), restaurants (21 percent), barbers’ shops and hairdressers’ (17.6 percent), religious places (11 percent), parks (6.8 percent), stadiums (3.9 percent), grooming shops and pet hotels (3.5 percent), natural tourists attractions, archeological sites and museums (3.1 percent), and golf courses (2.8 percent). Of all respondents, 26 percent travelled to other provinces.
Disease control measures were implemented at 57.6 percent of surveyed premises and the best practices happened at hospitals and clinics, followed by offices, wet markets and supermarkets, barbers’ and hairdressers’, and restaurants.
The places that implemented less than 50 percent of disease control measures were religious places, golf courses, grooming shops and pet hotels, parks, stadiums, natural tourist destinations, archeological sites and museums.