Taiwan sets gold standard on epidemic response to keep infection rates low

Taiwan, Asia, Coronavirus

Early intervention, a clear command structure and transparent communication with the public have helped control the spread of the virus

Taiwan, Asia

3/7/2020

Early intervention, a clear command structure and transparent communication with the public have helped control the spread of the virus

Taiwan sits just 81 miles from the coast of China, more than 800,000 of its citizens live there and hundreds of daily connecting flights normally service business travel and tourism, but it has defied predictions of a widespread coronavirus outbreak and kept infection rates to just 44 isolated cases.

As nearby Japan and South Korea reel with thousands of infections, experts say Taiwan, an island of 23 million, has kept the virus at bay through early intervention, a slick command structure, well-rehearsed epidemic strategy and transparent communication that other countries including the UK could learn from. By late December, before the coronavirus was on the world’s radar, Taiwan’s government was already sensing danger from rumours of a new respiratory disease emerging from Wuhan, and officials began boarding flights to check the health of passengers from the Chinese city. Taipei began to block flights from China and quarantine people from infected zones before other Asian capitals chose to do so, and Taiwan’s Centres for Disease Control issue daily updates and regular warnings about the locations infected Covid-19 patients visited before their diagnosis. Public buildings including schools, malls and office blocks require anyone entering to disinfect their hands, and the government quickly averted panic over a face mask shortage with rationing an official stockpile of 44 million masks that ensured a steady flow to the public. Audrey Tang, the digital minister, topped the strategy with an online tracing system that allows people to search for pharmacies that have remaining stock, to avoid queuing in vain. Taiwan’s alertness and expertise were borne out of the trauma of the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) that ravaged the island in 2003, and out of a deep mistrust of China and the World Health Organisation who, senior officials claim, delayed vital assistance to counter the disease. China claims the island, which functions like any other democratic nation, as its own territory which it intends to annex. Beijing has pressured international forums, including the WHO, to exclude Taiwan, claiming it has no right to forge independent diplomatic ties. In the case of epidemic disease control, Taiwan argues this policy endangers lives. On the plus side, it has forced the authorities to gameplan robust self-protection measures. “After Sars, they were already preparing for the next [epidemic],” Jason Wang, an associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford Medicine in California, told the Telegraph. “You want governments to do stuff before you know it’s happening.” He added: “The establishment of the national health command centre was really critical. It’s like a little compound where all the information comes from local and central government and it all gets integrated. You get the data, process it and then you can tell people what’s going on.” In a paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, Professor Wang and co-author Robert Brook, a professor of medicine, praised Taiwan’s response, highlighting its use of big data, new technology and pro-active testing of patients with severe respiratory difficulties. Taiwan combined tight border control from the air and sea with swift identification and quarantine of suspicious cases. National health and immigration information was integrated to track individuals at high risk because of recent travel to affected areas and their home quarantine was monitored through their phones. Meanwhile, a hotline was set up in each major city for citizens to report suspicious symptoms. “Through early recognition of the crisis, daily briefings to the public, and simple health messaging, the government was able to reassure the public by delivering timely, accurate, and transparent information regarding the evolving epidemic,” they concluded. “Taiwan is an example of how a society can respond quickly to a crisis and protect the interests of its citizens.” Read more: The Telegraph

That’s us bugg*red then.We have an inadequate in charge who’s still hiding in his fridge from floodvictims.Its difficult to understand anything poor old Boris says when it takes him 10 minutes to tell you the time. A Competent Country! Unlike The Lackadaisical Freak Show In The US, & UK! While Boris and his bunch of hand picked clowns do absolutely nothing

Propaganda christopherhope Yup. Oh look, what we've all been saying - Taiwan - the 'gold' standard. But, herd immunity and thousands dead is best, says our scientists and chief medical officer. So the anti Boris method Yeah! People of Taiwan more aware than China... Taiwan presents a good example2 how vital Travel ban/quarantine approach to all people / taiwanese back from coronaviruswuhan origin, CHINA, is. It’s nthg abt political propaganda but protecting their country. Plus, do wht WHO not advise 😏 See how HongKong messed up

And yet Taiwan is not allowed to be part of WHO? That’s absurd!

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Hubei province reports NO new cases of coronavirus outside of WuhanWuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic, confirmed 126 new cases of the virus on Thursday, but there were no further infections reported by the National Health Commission across the province. They locked it down, we’re told to wash our hands and carry in as normal. Do you believe it? That's actually amazing

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