Covid-19 (Coronavirus Thailand)
As the world fights to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been alots of content with regards to covid-19. Some information are facts and some are speculations.
Here we provide a brief summary on most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from our patients based on factural sources and how on covid-19 has impacted dentists and dentistry in Thailand.
Most common symptoms of COVID-19
- dry cough
Other possible symptoms of COVID-19
- aches and pains
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- sore throat
COVID-10 symptoms normally start mild and gradually.
About 80% recover from the disease without the need for special treatment.
The other 20% of infected people need hospital care.
The time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of COVID-19 is an estimate of 1 to 14 days.
5 days is the most common incubation period estimate
The above is based on majoirty of cases and current understanding. WHO updates this as more data become available.
How do I protect myself from COVID-19?
1. Get the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak
- In Thailand, please check the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and their coronavirus updates in english
- The MOPH’s coronavirus disease 2019 in thai language is normally updated more quickly and have the stated effective date of update
- You can view a LIVE update around the world on Coronavirus Pandemic statistics from WHO sources
2. Measures to reduce your chances of being infected
- Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water to kill potential viruses on your hands. Follow the 6 correct hand hygiene steps by CDC
- Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing to prevent sprays of small liquid droplets to you
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Your hands can transfer the virus and enter your body
- Avoid traveling to places, you have a higher chance of catching COVID-19
- If you need to cough or sneeze, ensure you cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue. Dispose used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell
How will Covid-19 Impact You and your dental treatment visit?
All practicing dentists in Thailand are governed by the rules and regulations of the Thai Dental Council that grants dental licenses. Relevant precautions, guidelines and practice for dentistry and dental treatment during COVID-19 is updated to dentists in Thailand by their dental news annoucements and Thai Dental Coucil facebook page.
During this period, should you visit the dentist, there are certain additional steps you will be asked as a patient:
- Screening form on travel history and symptons with temperature taking
- You may be requested to wear a masks. Any potential unwell patients may requested to wait in a separate waiting area
- You are encourged to do hand hygiene at every touch point. There are gels available all public points
- In lobby areas, you are requested to sit apart from others
- Any elective non-urgent treatment may be requested to be delayed until Thailand’s government COVID-19 mandates is announced as resolved. Only emergency or urgent dental treatments at this point are taken. Due to the fluidity of the outbreak, the government may warrant closure or business hours curfew. Your appointment booking may thus be cancelled or post-phoned within a short notice period. You can still however write to us at email@example.com
- Prior to start of treatment, additional layers of protective wears, barriers of protection and anti-bacterial anti-viral mouth rinse may be used
Screening Form and Temperature Taking
Wearing Preventive Masks
Hand Hygeine at Touch Points
What other standard precuations are Taken during your visit?
Protective Equipment and Wear
On a regular visit, your dentist will already abide by standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for themselves and you as the patient. At our BIDH and BIDC dental clinics in Thailand, additional protective wear such as N95 masks and dam barriers may be used. This is reduce aerosals both to you and to surroudning staff for everyone’s protection.
Prior to the start of treatment, your dentist usually requests you to rinse your mouth before starting treatment. During this period, mouth rinses with specific chemicals that rids of virus or bacteria may be used. If you have an allergy to any chemical components, please do highlight this to your dentist
If you are unwell, have been in contact with person under investigation (PUI) for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or have just travelled back from category 1 and 2 risks countries within 14 days, we requests you stay at home and delay your dental treatments unless it is for an emergency treatment.
For foreigners and Thais travelling into Thailand, there are current travel restrictions imposed passing through communicable disease control official on arrival into Thailand. Effective as of 21st March midnight, you will require:
- Health certificate certifying you have no evidence of Coronavirus Disease issued no more than 72 hours prior to date of travel
- Health insurhace showing medical coverage of 100,000 USD in Thailand that covers Covid-19 disease (if you are foreigner)
For future updates on process and required documents, you can refer to The Civil Aviation Authority or Thailand.
Bangkok International Dental Hospital (BIDH) is still in operation
from now to 31st March 2020.
BIDH Dental Hospital will be closed from 1st April to 30th April. We are expected to resume operations on 1st May 2020.
- WHO | World Health Organization
- CDC | Center of Disease Control and Prevention
- ADA | American Dental Association
- CAAT | Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand
- TDC | Thai Dental Council
98 Sukhumvit Soi 2, Khlong Toei,
Ploenchit area, Bangkok 10110
Tel : 02-115-8977, 095-517-1587
LINE ID : @DentalHospital