Thai hospitals protect babies born in a pandemic with face shields

BANGKOK (AFP) – 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.

Bangkok is now under an effective lockdown — silencing the usual boistrous 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.

A newborn wears a face shield at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok. PHOTO: AFP