The balcony observer's 225th report- Fight the coronavirus 對抗武漢肺炎

by Tsao T-F March. 10, 2020 365 views
Health for All: Taiwan can Help

Health for All: Taiwan can Help

Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan: Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing (JAMA 2020 Mar 3)

(6 March 2020) Taiwan sets gold standard on epidemic response to keep infection rates low- Early intervention, a clear command structure and transparent communication with the public have helped control the spread of the virus (The Telegraph)

I hope all people will be healthy and safe under the threat of Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak. As of March 10, Taiwan has 47 cases (1 death) of COVID-19.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

I am relieved to hear you are healthy! I'm sure this has brought all kinds of change to daily life. My company does international work, so we have been hearing from many businesses in Asia and I can't imagine the stress of this going on for months on end.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

It is changing to daily life over the world. I hear U.S. cases of coronavirus surpass 1,000 (March 11). 
They say elder (such as our parents) are especially at risk when be infected. Please take care of them.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you - I am hoping for the best, but I think  you are right. Up until this week, many people here had the attitude "it's just like the flu, why worry?" but if initial numbers are any indication, the reality is about to hit us hard. Grocery stores are running out supplies, schools are closing, events are being canceled. I especially worry for families who have contact with their elders.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

I think the Wuhan's coronavirus behavior is between flu and SARS (from China). Although Wuhan ’s coronavirus has a lower mortality rate than SARS, this low mortality rate makes it easier to spread among people with mild symptoms. It will be everywhere. As a result, the death number from Wuhan ’s coronavirus will far exceed SARS.cold sweat
Taiwan suffered from SARS (346 confirmed cases and 73 deaths, including young doctors and nurses) in 2003. And Taiwan is still excluded from WHO today. (We usually get second-hand health information through the US or Japan. Thank you!) So this time, we are all very serious (and nervous) about the new virus, especially this one comes from China again.
Influenza is an infectious disease around the world. Most seriously ill patients are elderly and usually receive adequate care in hospitals. In addition, Taiwan's elders, children, and medical staffs can get free flu vaccines.
In last month, Taiwan Mask Map mask was established:
The Korea edition is also available now. Maybe US will soon.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 1 month ago

I didn't know that Taiwan was not part of WHO! Interesting. I think some people here remember SARS, but to most it was not a firsthand experience, just a problem in another part of the world that they could ignore. Here many people stay unconcerned until something personally affects their life or family (maybe that is just humankind everywhere). I have a feeling those attitudes will be changing soon. We are all in this together, whether we like it or not. I hope we will make the best choices given the difficult situation.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

Sorry to late reply.
Taiwan is excluded from the WHO.cry  It is difficult to me to explain the complex situation, yet, you may like to read the news with a funsmile clip about Dr Bruce Aylward of WHO recently refused to answer a question about Taiwan and rudely cut off the interview.
(30 Mar 2020) Why Taiwan has become a problem for WHO (BBC News)
...But the foreign minister Joseph Wu has been less diplomatic, and over the weekend reposted Mr Aylward's interview in a tweet, saying: "Wow, can't even utter 'Taiwan' in the WHO?"mask
(30 Mar 2020) MOFA calls on WHO to take neutral, professional stance facilitating Taiwan’s full participation and contributions (Press Release No. 080)

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

In hopes of keeping Covid-19 at bay. Keep healthy my friend smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you. I am fine.

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