Letter From Bangkok

What catching Covid-19 and 10 days of isolation taught me

The hospital monitoring the writer, who was a home isolation patient, sent medical and food supplies as part of a 10-day isolation package. ST PHOTO: TAN TAM MEI
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BANGKOK - The thing I wanted to avoid - being Covid-19 positive while living in a foreign country - became unavoidable three weeks ago when that scratchy feeling in my throat turned out not to be due to Bangkok's infamous smog as I had thought.

"It's just pollution," I insisted, even as I stared at my home test result in dismay. Below the clear red line of the "C" indicator on the Covid-19 home test cartridge was an extremely faint "T" line, indicating a positive test result.

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