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Hmm, a lot of the criteria you just listed do not apply to us, as we fortunately haven’t had local transmission in 100+ days. Supposedly anyway. Unfortunately the response to the virus in the US has been totally politicized because all the media knows how to talk about is politics. It aggravates me to watch US channels.
We never had lockdowns here but came close to it in March. People comply with little resistance with whatever mandates given by the government. We have a super record high public confidence in the government right now and a strong social contract. I lament the same cannot be said for the US.
The centralized, integrated systems in place here allowed a coordinated, effective response early on and kept us safe. People are willing to sacrifice personal freedoms for the greater good. I just want Americans to know that is is possible to be a free, democratic society with a centralized government, surveillance, some socialism, universal health care, and no guns. It’s all (mostly) about culture, not politics.
(I’m not a gun proponent or opponent btw, just throwing that out there. And I know I’m oversimplifying, I apologize.) This virus situation has been a real exercise in compare and contrast for me. It’s given me a lot to be introspective about and really made me wonder how we got down two totally different paths.
I think not a whole lot of talk on treatments is happening because we’ve had so few cases. I think only a handful is still remaining in the hospital. But I too would prefer if we were a bit more on the ball on testing, vaccine research, etc. We are kind of resting on our laurels. From what I have heard, the recommended treatments promoted here strongly mirror what was being pushed in the US, i.e. no HCQ. I guess that’s for political reasons. We really want to keep our friendship strong with the US at this time because dear comrade Xi is having a midlife crisis and might do something silly.
Our news heavily covers the virus situation. Whether you want to call that fearmongering is subjective. Most people appreciate the transparency. Indeed our health minister has given near daily press briefings. The guy is superhuman. I think that the experience from SARS is still fresh for most people and was kind of a drill. We know what we need to do.
Remember, this is nearly the highest ranking country in Asia for democracy, fair elections, freedom of the press, etc. In spite of the vast freedoms cherished by society here, we can discern what are our rights and responsibilities. There is no perceived choice between wearing or not wearing a mask. That is not a “right.” When we were in the midst of an emergency, nearly everyone complied without question. Even the draconian quarantine measures have been accepted. We have a social cohesion that sadly the US lacks.
As I mentioned in my previous post however, people are on “virus holiday” now and just running around like nothing’s wrong. But I have confidence that the masks will go right back on if cases start popping up. It’s still hard to buy masks here despite the supply being more than sufficient. People are stockpiling. I certainly am.
I’m waiting for my pack. Lol…
don’t open them though seriously.
My husband said this isn’t the first time our dear friends to the west sent unwanted seeds over to TW.
Well, I’m back after several months incognito. My baby just turned six months, my daughter is 3 now. My grandma died of corona a few days ago after suffering with it nearly two months.
Here in Taiwan our honeymoon may be coming to an end. Since a soft border reopening, we have had numerous imported cases. The quarantine procedures here are likely among the most strict in the world. But there is still great risk incurred by allowing anyone in. You know how devious this pathogen is.
The first disturbing news came in late June or early July, I forgot. A Japanese national who had been in Taiwan studying for a year or so pre-covid went home and tested positive. How did that happen? All her contacts were negative. Taiwan presumably had no local transmission for months prior. I thought, maybe she had been an asymptomatic case months back that had remnant rna particles triggering the test.
Now, a Thai worker just returned home where he too tested positive. His company issued a strangely, ominously vague warning today, telling people to “avoid traveling through Taoyuan,” which is a large city just to the south of Taipei. Currently all his contacts are being tested. No word yet on the results.
So, as I considered, migrant laborers, and particularly undocumented ones, may be an unmitigated reservoir for the virus to be quietly spreading. I’ve somewhat suspected that spread has still been happening. And how could we be sure that it isn’t, because widespread testing isn’t being done, a policy I disagree with. My husband suggests that officials are taking a long view, saving up resources for what will surely be a long battle. But I think it’s also fostering complacency.
The masks are mostly off now, social distancing isn’t really done anymore. In public transport and most indoor spaces, masks are required. But I think people are living in suspended surreality.
All I know is Xi Jinping killed my grandmother.
Fauci used to be a hero of mine. I read Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone” when I was a kid and became fascinated with virology. I recently read “And the Band Played On” which is a historical memoir of the HIV crisis and it describes the great role Fauci played in investigating and mitigating it. But I’m upset to keep hearing more information indicating he has lost sight of his ethics and principles. But I guess that’s like many career professionals. You start making compromises for personal gain. But in the end what becomes compromised the most is your integrity.
Not sure if the evidence is conclusive enough yet but I’m willing to commit to saying he was as complicit in all this as the WHO. Another unexpected angle is that all this ironically gives some credence to the Chinese propaganda that this virus came from the US.
This all smells like thinly-veiled bioweapons research. But collaborating with a “frienemy” on that is bizarre. Too bad the media has grown too accustomed to focusing on politics, rendering it incapable of real journalism. We really need some unbiased reporting. So sick of the spin. Hate Trump, love him, who the f cares at this point.
Sorry to attract so much of this kind of unneeded attention from our big brothers over there. On the bright side, at least this post is a magnet for them, making it an easy reference to know who’s who and what’s what. Ha. I am actually a real person but I’ll slink back into my own reality as I think my contribution is not needed on this forum. Taiwan is doing better than I could have imagined. I’m filled with optimism, but sadness for my family in America who I miss and won’t get to see again for who knows how long.
I think this forum is better served discussing the urgent issues resulting from the fallout of lack of preparedness. If the moderators feel it’s appropriate I won’t be offended if you delete this post or my others as I think they are just distractions now. And magnets, as you can see. Or just leave it as a big fat F U to our dear friends.
Best wishes from that stubborn little island. And thank you to this site and forum. I’ve learned quite a bit from this experience and from the wealth of information here.
Very nice, very nice. I hope you guys hold the course. I also hope that when you guys cool down here soon that it stays gone.
Sorry, who are you referring to? Lol…
I love everyone’s pictures! Alas we have no yard but we are taking full advantage of our roof here in the suburbs of (a certain capital city on an island nation in East Asia, sorry, trying to avoid triggering the, uh, “socialist justice warriors”…). We already garden as a hobby so we just overhauled it a bit, started a whole pile of seeds and got some net strung up to the roof for climbing veggies, particularly Malabar spinach. If you’ve never grown that before I emphatically suggest you try it. It grows fast and robustly, super nutritious, lends well to sautéing with turmeric and garlic. We have a large cinnamon tree native to the east coast here, as well as a lemon tree and some mini oranges. Got a lot of peculiar local specialties, mostly greens, orange daylily, etc.
Still a work in progress. With two young children underfoot it’s a slow process…
Davefairtex, your comment cracked me up. That bullet list, lol. That’s really bad taste of me to chuckle at others’ (potential) misfortunes but honestly it’s so real.
Saw something on the news at lunchtime about how those Wuhan biolabs were aggressively recruiting coronavirus experts all the way back last summer. Not clear what that implies.
Edit- forgot to mention something else from the news, some really high number like 200k people from Wuhan visited the US last year. Somehow that was related to the previous info but I wasn’t following it that closely. My language skills are not that good and I rely a lot on my husband to translate.