Integrity Legal - Law Firm in Bangkok | Bangkok Lawyer | Legal Services Thailand Back to
Integrity Legal

Legal Services & Resources 

Up to date legal information pertaining to Thai, American, & International Law.

Contact us: +66 2-266 3698

ResourcesThailand Real Estate & Property LawJurisprudenceCan We End the Narrative of COVID As an Existential Threat?

Can We End the Narrative of COVID As an Existential Threat?

Transcript of the above video:

Yeah, as the title of this video suggests, you can see we are talking about COVID here. I have got to be honest, this is not a narrative I ever intended or wanted to really be discussing on this channel but it became such an overarching issue in the context of Immigration. Then in my opinion quite honestly, a lot of the response became so over the top I think Draconian is a good word, in many senses of the word, 'nonsensical' was also a good adjective to describe this whole thing. At this point I just kind of want to put it all behind us. I would very much like it if we all would take a long look at how this all happened rather than just sort of dismissing it and moving on because I would kind of like us to think ahead as a people and perhaps not necessarily allow this to happen necessarily again, but okay.

Long story short I don't really want to be making these videos but I kind of got latched on to the narrative and have been drug along for the ride. I thought of making this video after reading a recent article from the Bangkok Post. I saw that article originally and I will get into the article in a moment. It was in the print edition; it was above the poll in a print edition and then I have seen other articles that are maybe not above the full front page but it is still front page on this whole COVID thing. Meanwhile in the West, this narrative is all but dead because quite honestly, I don't think it is unfair to say that this was a major overreaction. Go back three years ago and let's keep this in mind, three years ago. We have been dealing with this for 3 years discussing this. Yes it was a concern. Did it warrant the response? I think clearly at this point we know it didn't. Now my question is why are we still basically talking about it? I thought of this after reading a recent article in the Bangkok Post,, the article is titled: New Surge 'could see 10,000 daily cases for a short time only'.  Quoting directly: "The number of daily COVID-19 cases is likely to reach 5,000 to 10,000 during a new wave but numbers probably will drop quite quickly after that says Doctor Nitipatana Chierakul, Head of the Respiratory Disease and Tuberculosis Division of the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital." 

Again in my head when I think of this, this whole thing at this point like just this article itself, it's like commenting on cloud movements when there is no major weather change. What I mean to say is okay you have weathermen because they kind of make predictions about the weather based on something of substance occurring. So if a bunch of clouds get together and decide to form a rainstorm, a weatherman needs to respond to that or talk about that. A bunch of clouds get together and decide to form a hurricane or a typhoon over here, probably something to discuss; a bunch of clouds get together and decide to have a tornado, like back where I am from, yeah we want the weathermen saying "hey look these clouds are turning and the formation is looking like how we could be looking at a cyclone coming, a funnel cloud whatever." This again, it would be like a weatherman getting on TV and just saying "hey there's clouds outside". "Oh, okay. Is it going to rain?" No, probably not, but there's clouds." I don't see the point anymore. I really don't. I don't understand why this is a topic that is deemed worthy of major resources and I am not trying to call out the Bangkok Post exclusively. I see it in many other publications especially still here in Southeast Asia. Not so much anymore in the West but around here in Asia I am still seeing this stuff and my big question is why? We have treatments; we know how to deal with this. It just seems strange that we are going to, I mean do people enjoy ramping up people's fear that their businesses could be closed again for years on end? I mean what purpose is being gained by continuing to discuss, if it is like a clinical thing and physicians are “wow, we have learned a lot about this”, or “we have learned how this particular disease moves or replicates”, yeah talk about that, I totally get it. But to have it be front page news again on a topic that is akin to discussing the existence of clouds as if it was a weather phenomenon, I don't see the purpose of that.