Bangkok, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- Thongsuk Thongrat, a Thai taxi driver who could have been the primary particular person to contract Covid-19 exterior China in January 2020, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a vaccine to beat the worry of the virus and return to normalcy.
“I’m certain of desirous to get vaccinated though I nonetheless don’t know when. I do know that I can get re-infected with one other variant of the virus even after overcoming the illness. Getting vaccinated will assist me return to regular life,” 51-year-old Thongrat advised EFE in an interview.
The taxi driver obtained contaminated in late January final 12 months, at a time when the World Well being Group had solely registered 4 native transmissions of Covid-19 exterior China: his, one other in Japan and two in South Korea.
With 20 years of expertise driving passengers, Thongrat desires the pandemic to finish in order that vacationers return to Thailand and he can return to his lifetime of the time earlier than the Coronavirus paralyzed the world and borders had been closed.
“The variety of passengers has dropped drastically, and this has had a serious affect on my earnings, as a result of the vast majority of my purchasers had been international vacationers,” mentioned Thongrat, who lives on the outskirts of Bangkok within the Pathum Thani province along with his spouse and three youngsters.
It was a Chinese language vacationer who handed the an infection to the driving force, and Thongrat remembers it vividly.
“I do not forget that a Chinese language girl sneezed beside me whereas I used to be exhibiting photographs of vacationer locations to her.”
The primary constructive case of the brand new coronavirus exterior China was detected in Thailand on Jan. 13, 2020 in a vacationer who had arrived from Wuhan 5 days earlier.
Days later, Thongrat developed excessive fever, throat ache and chronic cough, which didn’t enhance with flu medication.
After being referred to a second hospital and present process related assessments, he was knowledgeable that he had obtained what was referred to as the “Wuhan pneumonia” on the time.
“I obtained actually scared, I believed I used to be going to die in a couple of days and puzzled why this was occurring to me,” Thongrat advised EFE.
“I used to be frightened that who will handle my household if I died, and was additionally afraid of getting handed the illness to them. I used to be depressed and scared.”
Nevertheless, the taxi driver recovered after spending 10 days on the hospital after which accomplished a 20-day quarantine at house – though the authorities required solely two weeks in isolation – to make sure he was cured and couldn’t infect others.
Since then, Thongrat has donated plasma seven instances to assist save the lives of different sufferers combating the illness and mentioned he feels stronger every time after doing it.
He has not lowered his guard greater than a 12 months later and continues to take excessive precaution.
“I spray my taxi with disinfectant every single day, provide free hydroalcoholic gel and masks to passengers, and once they depart the automotive I open the home windows to ventilate,” he mentioned. EFE-EPA