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  • OPINION

    Mass testing best

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/03/2020

    » The most effective and cheapest way of controlling the Covid-19 pandemic will be to conduct mass testing of the population, as urged by eminent French infectious diseases expert Dr Didier Raoult. He has pointed out that cheaply mass produced testing equipment is already available and is being used effectively in South Korea. Countries, including Thailand, should build up this mass testing capability as fast as it can and test as many people as possible. That way it will be possible to isolate only those who test positive and it also makes it possible to treat those who start showing symptoms early which boosts the chance of a favourable outcome for them. This will be far more effective than locking down entire populations of people who are not infected and causing a massive economic dislocation in the process. In Thailand's case, it may cost US$325 million (10.5 billion baht) to test the entire population, but that would be a drop in the bucket compared to the $8 billion cost of a 5% decline in GDP.

  • OPINION

    For me, mass killer will never have a name

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/02/2020

    » Looking at him, you would think he was harmless. The guy next door who always had a smile on his face and was always ready to help.

  • OPINION

    Understanding motives of mass shooters isn't clear cut

    News, James Knoll, Published on 27/09/2016

    » When the news of a mass shooting breaks, there are often three questions that come to mind: How many people are dead? Who was the shooter? What was their motive?

  • OPINION

    When Asean just isn't Asean enough

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 13/09/2018

    » China's bullying may be the first of Asean's headaches to come to mind, but its weakest links are those that have been gnawing away at its insides -- and undermining its members' own "Asean-ness".

  • OPINION

    Of plagues, genocides and the coronavirus

    Oped, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/07/2020

    » Last Sunday in the city of Baltimore, they tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the harbour.

  • OPINION

    Why seat belt law fails to bring safety

    Oped, Published on 08/07/2020

    » Kill This Love, the hit music video by the South Korean girl band BLACKPINK took the world by storm last year, yet it was banned from airing on South Korean television because some of the video images break the country's seat belt law.

  • OPINION

    Asean must use power

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 27/06/2020

    » Re: "Asean must walk the walk," (Editorial, June 26).

  • OPINION

    Faring poorly in BMTA's war on public bus prices

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 27/04/2019

    » Five days after the bus fare increase took effect, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) insisted the majority finds the hike agreeable. I really wonder who "the majority" is.

  • OPINION

    Got to stay cool

    News, Postbag, Published on 12/04/2019

    » Chartchai Parasuk in his April 11 article thinks mass-transit light rail projects "are not financially successful." He also thinks that when you build a house in Thailand, air conditioning should not be installed unless it is "cost effective", "there maybe a more cost-effective way to cool the house".

  • OPINION

    Challenge of contagion

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/03/2020

    » The exodus of illegal workers from South Korea, the world's No.2 hotspot for Covid-19, has given rise to grave concerns that the disease which has claimed more than 3,200 lives worldwide may well become a pandemic.

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