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The Department of Disease Control is concerned about the health of teenagers and adults as the reports of COVID-19 infection show that 50% of infected patients are aged 20-39 years old, and most are asymptomatic. People at these ages are usually going outside to study or work and have a risk of spreading the virus to others. The department also emphasized that no reports of domestic infection doesn't mean that there are no infected people among the public, so everyone should always keep their guard up and protect themselves by wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, keeping the social distancing, and checking in via the Thai Chana application when visiting public places.
The Department of Disease Control urges the public to be careful and protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes, as they may bring dengue fever and infectious diseases, especially in the rainy season. To prevent contagious diseases brought by mosquitoes, people are encouraged to explore areas with waterlogging and eliminate the mosquito breeding grounds around the house and in the community. The Department of Disease Control advises the public to maintain cleanliness in their home, and they has a the hotline number for people who would like to ask more information at 1422.
During the rainy season, members of the public are warned to be aware of and prevent the risk of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as liver or kidney disease, which may show in 10-14 days. Symptoms from leptospirosis include sudden high flu, cold, headache and diarrhea. Groups at risk for leptospirosis infection are farmers who own animals, people who are facing floods, workers who are digging canals, people who are walking through water to hunt the animals, and butchers. In addition, people may possibly be infected by touching surfaces that have bacteria on them. It is highly recommended not to walk through water in the street or to stay in wet areas for a long time. If it is possible, wearing boots will help to prevent the disease.
The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and Thai Health Promotion Foundation, has developed the "FoodChoice" application as a tool to educate people about correct nutrition knowledge, as well as helping people of all ages solve nutrition problems. With this application, when people scan the barcode on a product, the information about the nutrition will be displayed in an easy-to-understand way. Therefore, the consumers can make better choices about the amount they consume. It also helps consumers to make decisions quickly when they compare brands with the same products.
The Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, and the National Research Council of Thailand, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, have disclosed that, as of 18 September 2020, Thailand has had the COVID-19 RT-PCR test examine 948,161 samples for the virus. The testing rate per 1 million of population is 14,237 people, and the infection rate per tested sample is 0.37%. During the week of 12-18 September, 27,795 samples were tested by the 199 laboratories that are certified by the Department of Medical Sciences.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand has announced that 22 September 2020 is marked as the autumnal equinox or fall equinox, which is when day and night are approximately equal in length. It is also the beginning of the fall season for the northern hemisphere and spring season for the lands south of the equator. Equinoxes happen twice a year, in March and September. Today, the sunrise time in Thailand is at 06.07 hr and it will go down at 18.14 hr.