Suthon I-Kamnerd, 69, is leader of an older people’s group in a district located in the Lampang province, northern Thailand. Suthon is well aware of the risks coronavirus has to older people and people with underlying health conditions. Here he shares his experience of the pandemic.
"I stay at home. I haven’t been to any social activities such as wedding ceremonies, housewarming gatherings or any other social gathering. I've stopped going out completely. Staying at home can be quite boring. We [older people] usually meet and do collective activities but we can’t organise any meetings now.
I am not scared of acquiring the virus as I believe I’m taking good care of myself but when I receive a lot of information and listen to too many news reports, I start to get worried.
We should be conscious but not panic. You need to educate yourself about the disease – listening to the news, seeking information on COVID-19 and following the suggestions from the Ministry of Public Health. You must practice good hygiene, don’t share spoons, regularly wash your hands and wear masks when you go out.
From my observation, many people have less income because they cannot sell their products as people are staying home and spend less."