Thai hospitals protect babies born in a pandemic with face shields
BANGKOK, THAILAND -- Fast asleep, swaddled in a towel and snug in a pink beanie, a baby born during a pandemic in a Thai hospital needs one last item to ensure its health -- a face shield.
Bangkok hospitals are using the shields on newborns in their maternity wards to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Thailand has detected 2,613 cases of the virus, with 41 deaths -- a relatively low number despite being the first country outside China to record an infection.
Bangkok is now under an effective lockdown -- silencing the usual boistrous and boozy Thai new year Songkran festival this week -- while an overnight curfew has kept all but essential vehicles off the streets.
Extraordinary measures have also been rolled out at Praram 9 Hospital, where newborns are being fitted with face shields, a precaution taken at other maternity wards across the capital.
The tiny face guards have been designed by the hospital for use when the baby makes its first journey home.