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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

    Asean must use power

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 27/06/2020

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

  • 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

    Easy, but dire, option

    News, Postbag, Published on 03/02/2020

    » Re: "Chinese tourists desert Phuket as virus spreads", (Online, Feb 1).

  • OPINION

    Noble no more

    News, Postbag, Published on 17/09/2019

    » An American senator is said to have coined the phrase, "The first casualty when war comes is truth", back in 1918.

  • OPINION

    Unacceptable attitude

    News, Postbag, Published on 30/07/2019

    » Re: "Politics returns to childish ways", (Opinion, July 29). I agree with Veera Prateepchaikul that the joint sitting of the Lower House and the Senate during the debate over the government's policy statement last week was spiritless and extremely boring as most MPs -- young and old -- displayed unacceptable behaviour.

  • OPINION

    Preserving 'Thainess'

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/07/2019

    » Re: "Differing paradigm", (PostBag, July 2).

  • OPINION

    Poor meant to suffer

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/09/2019

    » Re: "Ubon flood saga catches govt napping", (Opinion, Sept 20). The whole problem has many answers. Corruption, low education, but mostly the higher-ups just don't care about poor people and especially those from the North and Northeast even more so.

  • OPINION

    Melodious and odious

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/02/2019

    » Re: "Army chief sings out hateful blast from gory past", (Opinion, Feb 19).

  • OPINION

    Enforce laws daily

    News, Postbag, Published on 04/01/2019

    » Re: "Death wish", (PostBag, Jan 2).

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