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Taiwan one of only four “places” that already flattened the COVID-19 pandemic curve


In a report titled "As governments fumbled their coronavirus response, these four got it right. Here's how." by CNN, Taiwan, Iceland, South Korea and Germany are the four “places” that effectively flatten the COVID-19 curve.


The article then lists 12 important lessons learned from these four "places" with four came from Taiwan which are (1) Be prepared, (2) Be quick (3) Test, trace and quarantine, (4) Use data and technology.

Be prepared. Taiwan had learned its lesson from the SARS outbreak in 2003, which resulted in 181 deaths in the country. Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center cited a list of 120 action items that "could serve as a manual" on how to deal with an outbreak.

Be quick. Taiwan started its COVID-19 response as early as December 31, 2019 alerting World Health Organization and is quick to respond by screening passenger with pneumonia symptoms.

Test, trace and quarantine. CECC authorities aggressively test all suspected cases, patients diagnosed with flu and pneumonia, and persons in quarantine twice before they can be released, the report noted.


Use data and technology. "A coordinated government response with full collaboration of its citizenry [was] combined with the use of big data and technology," according to Jason Wang, associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford Medicine.

Taiwan has the lowest number of confirmed coronavirus cases per million people over 50 days, with 16.58 people per million. CNN used the word “places” instead of countries in fear of offending China which includes Taiwan in the list.


166 out of 395 COVID-19 patients in Taiwan already recovered and released from hospitals.
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