The following Post is from a German friend, I had it translated because a lot of what he describes applies to our situation here in most Western countries like Europe and the US as well.
What We Can Learn From Taiwan
Video version Part 1
Video version Part 2
Prefer to listen? Click HERE :
It lies next to China, but reports only a few people infected with Corona: Why is Taiwan coping with the crisis so much better than the European countries – and almost without coercive measures?
“We Europeans and our damn arrogance,” my sister wrote via WhatsApp the other day. “We could have done it differently.” At the time, she was sitting in her not very big house near Berlin, the two sons did not go to school or daycare, and her husband, like her, made a home office at the dining table. In my home town of Taipei, I watched the daily press conference of the Taiwan Minister of Health, who reported the biggest increase in Covid 19 infections to date in one day – exactly ten.
In total, the number of infected people in Taiwan was 77, in Germany the break of the ten thousand mark was expected for the next day. Both countries had reported their first case within a few days.
What effective crisis management looks like has since been better observed in Taiwan than in Germany: the national crisis center had already started work one day before the first confirmed case. Three days later, the export of face masks was banned. The extension of the New Year holidays, which kept all schools nationwide closed for another two weeks, came into effect when the total number of infected had increased to ten. In Taipei, only a few people got on the subway without a face mask. [Read more…]