A leading Phuket doctor advises the public to still wear face masks in areas with lots of people and indoor locations despite the mask mandate being dropped nationally in Thailand.
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The director of Vachira Phuket Hospital Doctor Weerasak Lorthongkam told The Phuket Express, “Even though the mask mandated has been dropped, Covid -19 still exists and the pandemic is not over, despite most cases being mild. So wearing face masks is still NECESSARY’ to prevent ourselves from getting Covid -19 and to protect those in our community who may be vulnerable or at risk.”
“In risky areas like in busy public parks, hospitals, meeting rooms, places with lots of people, or indoor area with less airflow it is stilk NECESSARY’ to wear face masks. This doesn’t mean it is mandated, but doctors advise people to continue to wear masks in these areas.” Weerasak continued.
“For Covid-19 patients or high-risk people, it is ‘NECESSARY’ to wear masks when staying with other people period.” Weerasak added.
“Entertainment venues still need Covid-19 precautions as some people are being infected with Covid-19. We want to be back to normal like before but now we still need to go slowly step by step.” Weerasak concluded.