How Taiwan held off Covid-19, until it didn't

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Another pandemic will come. Here’s what we can learn from Taiwan’s efforts to fight this one.

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In December 2019, Taiwan‘s government learned that at least seven atypical pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, China. Because of Taiwan’s proximity to China and the number of flights back and forth, it was expected to have the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases worldwide.

Instead, Taiwan has had one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world. Thanks in part to a sophisticated digitized health care system and a mandatory two-week quarantine for all travelers, life in Taiwan went on with relative normalcy. But then, in May 2021, a new wave of cases complicated the country’s success.

So how did Taiwan, the ninth-most densely populated nation in the world, avoid a more severe spread of a highly contagious virus for so long? And what lessons can be learned from their response to the outbreak?

Correction: We omitted a credit to our Taipei-based producer, Clarissa Wei.

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Jake899 3 घंटे पहले
Except your just delaying the inevitable
ITZ_ALJK 13 घंटे पहले
Imagine beating China...
Alnaseem Hamis
Alnaseem Hamis 18 घंटे पहले
China smuggle COVID-19 to Taiwan
Neilmar Baldevia
Neilmar Baldevia 20 घंटे पहले
Hope you feature New Zealand and how they manage and control Covid19.
Neo दिन पहले
delta force!!!!
c wasan
c wasan दिन पहले
Indian variant​ easy for infected.
Ay Hess
Ay Hess दिन पहले
Good video.
J Lin
J Lin दिन पहले
Well, all back to normal as it was, except for Taipei. I guess it was 1~1.5 month of self-meditation (quarantine). Still could shop out and go out. But I can finally dine out and enjoy the cinemas again. Woot!
Not Dave
Not Dave दिन पहले
How Taiwan held off Covid-19? They don't shame folks for wearing masks.
Maria C
Maria C 2 दिन पहले
taiwan wasn’t allowed to join the WHO thanks to the CCP. this valuable information on how to effectively deal with the virus could’ve been easily accessible to other countries, but no 👍🏼
Fadzli Realtor
Fadzli Realtor 2 दिन पहले
Why did the loosened their quarantine system and why didn’t they act sooner?
im so lonely im sipping 40s
im so lonely im sipping 40s 2 दिन पहले
Title is so redundant "How I was awake, until I fell asleep"
Alea Joy Delos Angeles
Alea Joy Delos Angeles 3 दिन पहले
Meanwhile, Philippines is on season 3 of lockdown 🙃
Simona Chalupová
Simona Chalupová 3 दिन पहले
Back to just 20 cases a day
Marcin Nat
Marcin Nat 3 दिन पहले
when you are so close to bat/rat eating nation, you must be ready for everything...
twilightsDxrk 3 दिन पहले
Same thing happened in Australia too
Jenny Dolphin
Jenny Dolphin 3 दिन पहले
This key is government, people, affordable medical service, economics, no discrimination, and help each other.
XIE xie
XIE xie 3 दिन पहले
Taiwan Virus No.1
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee 4 दिन पहले
I loved the map where 75% of the world had free or universal healthcare. Except the great old USA. Lame!
Piyush Chamoli
Piyush Chamoli 4 दिन पहले
Wasted 10 minutes for a 1 minute information.
Fredrik Nyberg
Fredrik Nyberg 5 दिन पहले
I live in sweden and our strategy was to just do nothing, the government even considered banning masks because "they will scare people" but it doesn't really matter because no one wears them anyways.
James Lu
James Lu 6 दिन पहले
As taiwanse i love to see my country being seen
Maple Purple
Maple Purple 7 दिन पहले
It feels bad when mainland China did the exact same to contain the virus while the western media never say anything good about it. As if it is not part of the world. Reports on mainland China would be like " Mandatory qurantine? Violation of human rights!"
这个巨人不论在哪个时代都为自由而战 2 दिन पहले
It's totally different bro. China takes the strictest policies in the world except North Korea, but Taiwan just finds a very good balance between personal freedom and epidemic prevention.
Mathew Gutierrez
Mathew Gutierrez 7 दिन पहले
15,000 cases with 700 deaths doesn’t sound like the end of the world to me but I’m just saying.
tom bui
tom bui 8 दिन पहले
Easy, just don't let people into the country and watch out for people who intentionally bring the virus into the country.
Wicholoco 200
Wicholoco 200 9 दिन पहले
Taiwan was just like Greenland on plague inc
Luq-man 9 दिन पहले
learn from mistake 👍
Andrzej Wydrychiewicz
Andrzej Wydrychiewicz 10 दिन पहले
If the early signals about COVID were not suppressed and travel from China was banned non of this will happen.
daichukiii 10 दिन पहले
I wish you’d have covered that Taiwan has been blocked from obtaining vaccines due to the CCP and has since had to fight on its own to get them.
Maple Purple
Maple Purple 7 दिन पहले
Nah, its the Taiwan government that rejected the vaccines from the CCP. Because they dont trust the vaccine, their media tells their people the CCP vaccines are useless. It is more than vaccines, it's politics.
Jamise Denari
Jamise Denari 10 दिन पहले
You can still get covid with the vaccine.
William Lü
William Lü 10 दिन पहले
The reason Taiwan slipped was because they relaxed the Manara Tory quarantine for pilots. Despite the mistakes, within 2 months Taiwan has managed to contain the outbreak. So it seems for now.
Joe Huang
Joe Huang 10 दिन पहले
how about South Korea and Mainland China? I believe most of Asian countries implemented similar quarantine measures to keep covid spread as low as possible, but the video painted a picture that other places were so fuxked up
sarabande90 दिन पहले
Korea has 1215 new cases today, while Taiwan has 12.
Sukie Chiu
Sukie Chiu 11 दिन पहले
The distrust towards CCP has saved Taiwan, and it is absolutely right.
Lily Salvea
Lily Salvea 11 दिन पहले
While in Malaysia....
Richard Saunders
Richard Saunders 11 दिन पहले
I live in Perth and we're still living normally
Sean Lann
Sean Lann 11 दिन पहले
Taiwan get their daily cases from 7-800 down to 2-30 in just 2 months
I. H.
I. H. 11 दिन पहले
America's like a kid who's too spoiled to listen. They make us quarantine and we cry. Government can't control us here.
David Matherson Paranormal
David Matherson Paranormal 12 दिन पहले
David Matherson talks about COVID-19 and the Racist Gladys Berejiklian
Pie Towel
Pie Towel 12 दिन पहले
If that spike is really that sharp, it's probably the time when the manager had a week off and everything just burned.
MST.0356.2016 12 दिन पहले
Lilia Loretta
Lilia Loretta 12 दिन पहले
The shiny divorced commonly clap because crocus expectantly compete in a thoughtful evening. rambunctious, ambitious place
Java_Siege_ 4 दिन पहले
Antonio Medina Miltimore
Antonio Medina Miltimore 12 दिन पहले
The common American misconception that freedom does not mandate personal responsibility
DavidRGD 12 दिन पहले
Taiwan does something most of the world could do, *_but doesn't like to do..._*
Thecrippled Pancake
Thecrippled Pancake 13 दिन पहले
2:43 Shout out to the US healthcare system. 👌
It's Renee
It's Renee 13 दिन पहले
I am so proud of Taiwan❤️ 台灣萬歲!
Satodal Karmakar
Satodal Karmakar 13 दिन पहले
The first video I've watched in months that talks about more practical ways of containing the pandemic and doesn't just scream: *LOCKDOWN!!!*
Carigis 13 दिन पहले
kinda wish the video would explain what was loosened specifically.
呂承祐 5 दिन पहले
Pilot's isolation policy
Elias Puro
Elias Puro 13 दिन पहले
Now today Indian delta variant is the boss of the world.
mark uchiha
mark uchiha 13 दिन पहले
covid 19 is China's fault
Ariessa Monterde
Ariessa Monterde 13 दिन पहले
I don’t know what you mean by “until it didn’t” because clearly they are still on top in managing covid-19 compared to other countries.
Andhra style
Andhra style 14 दिन पहले
Taiwan is great country it will recover and come back..
d d
d d 14 दिन पहले
this is how it should be done! we should follow their model, well done taiwan!
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 14 दिन पहले
Moral of the story: get a medical infrastructure like Taiwan
We don't eat bears.
We don't eat bears. 15 दिन पहले
The biggest obstacle to Taiwan's vaccination process is, sadly still due to one of its biggest rivals, China. The Chinese government has been constantly blocking business deals of vaccine companies with Taiwan like BioNTech, which results in the US regularly sending military aircraft to deliver their own vaccines to Taiwan. They are still honestly not enough for the 23 million population in the country, and can hinder the end of the pandemic in Taiwan for quite some time.
asdf 1
asdf 1 15 दिन पहले
Hear that, Americans? Vaccinate.
Alihasan Ali
Alihasan Ali 15 दिन पहले
I was going through pains while I contracted HSV2 and then I came across how Dr IGUDIA on INcds used his medication to cure the sick and I decided to contact him and he actually cured me from my HSV2. You all can also contact him for help on any kind of disease on his INcds channel
Mary Grace
Mary Grace 15 दिन पहले
He is so happy.
Tim DeGraw
Tim DeGraw 15 दिन पहले
Is it just me or did his quarantine food actually look really good?
soaddicted2her 15 दिन पहले
boiwarfare, a bio-attack on taiwan. thats what happened i think
Karen Jean Diez
Karen Jean Diez 15 दिन पहले
Now Im curious about other less developed countries like Brunei managed to keep their low covid 19 cases
Hmaki Lody
Hmaki Lody 6 दिन पहले
Brunei population all went extinct sorry for hard breaking info
jean grey
jean grey 15 दिन पहले
Taiwan is a country on its own... It should not be confused as a part of China
Maurice B.
Maurice B. 16 दिन पहले
Super strict quarantine rules. Stopped using super strict quarantine rules.
mdr53229 16 दिन पहले
Taiwan needs to be allowed to join the World Health Orgainzation.
King Fishy III
King Fishy III दिन पहले
That would be ideal, but the complicated relations white the ccp won’t allow that. Cause that would mean that Taiwan has to be recognized as an independent country from China, which of course China doesn’t like.
Bruce Jenner
Bruce Jenner 16 दिन पहले
The left is a Societal Cancer
Rubi Herwin
Rubi Herwin 16 दिन पहले
Wow they have all the data needed
Edvard Jean
Edvard Jean 16 दिन पहले
That’s normal over there? In the end ,few deaths but they had to join the real reality and lockdown. Low Risk people had to buy 2 weeks of masks ? low risk people where probably Asymptomatic and we’re already spreading the virus from across the ocean. I live in the states and being fully vaccinated with all my friends, we feel normal but now the unvaccinated people are now in there own pandemic. I had Covid-19 symptoms in January 2020 , lived through it without a vaccine or kits, so I was ok to get the pandemic shots. Taiwan you did a good work👍 , always wait 4 years without letting down your guard 💂‍♀️. So if Taiwan was back to normal do they still need the vaccines is my question🤷‍♂️? Just a thought🤔, now that they have double the cases all of a sudden as expressed in the video. Wow.
Regita 16 दिन पहले
if only.. yeah you know what i'm about to say
Michael Jerry
Michael Jerry 16 दिन पहले
I was about loosing my house till a friend introduce me to maskoffweb sites and I was transferred 7,000 thousand dollars directly to my PayPal account
Hmaki Lody
Hmaki Lody 6 दिन पहले
Dianna 17 दिन पहले
quarantine is common sense, although the definition states it should be 40 days, i think if everyone had followed a 40 day quarantine, we would have been better off, just unfortunate that so many people refuse to slow down or delay plans to be smart about a serious situation
lee sunny
lee sunny 17 दिन पहले
The saddest thing is that the Taiwan’s government still can’t give us enough vaccines! ignoring people’s health!
Hannah NN
Hannah NN 12 दिन पहले
@R Chen but there are still countries having lots of vaccines more than their actual needs...aren't they selfish?! i don't think so. Or maybe you are just making excuses for the incompetent dpp? Since life is the first and foremost human right, it doesn't make any sense to call it selfish.
R Chen
R Chen 15 दिन पहले
please stop being spoiled & selfish. look at the death number worldwide! a lot of countries need vaccines more than TW. no man is an island. I live in TW
Jay Strickland
Jay Strickland 17 दिन पहले
You are leaving out nature. Taiwan is close enough to the Equator that the season the flu spreads is the monsoon season ( as opposed to winter in more temperate areas). Taiwan's 2020 monsoon season didn't come ( causing a draught). Nature is a big factor in how contact tracing can work.
mcnuggs 17 दिन पहले
“The trick is to learn from [the mistakes]”….too bad learning stuff is against the religion of a third of the US population.
hey bye
hey bye 17 दिन पहले
To be honest this sounds way too similar to how China handled the pandemic after the cases stopped increasing, with the phone tracking, health monitoring( on basically an ID card). Taiwan’s Healthcare is great, agree wholeheartedly, but this video is purposefully edited to sound like Taiwan came up with this idea first, which it didn’t
LucasImpulse 17 दिन पहले
How Taiwan held off Covid 19 *until it didn't.*
Rock girl
Rock girl 17 दिन पहले
lol this is really exaggerating. They have 23 million population, their maximum daily infections never even hit 600, and now they're back down in the 20s. Theyre still holding it
Moon MonLen
Moon MonLen 17 दिन पहले
The same mistake happens in indonesia Surging number a month after some-public-restrictions-policy ended and become the highest death per day country today
Sky Firez
Sky Firez 18 दिन पहले
*How Taiwan was a country before it wasn't.*
Tommy Hsu
Tommy Hsu 18 दिन पहले
Broooooo as a Taiwanese I’m so happy that people noticed.
Chris F
Chris F 18 दिन पहले
That strategy is definitely easier to do on a island like Taiwan than in european Countries with open borders
Lerobix 18 दिन पहले
Brick Life
Brick Life 18 दिन पहले
taiwan is bad
Brick Life
Brick Life 18 दिन पहले
This is good news
Pedro Jamal Serrano
Pedro Jamal Serrano 18 दिन पहले
Exoskeleton too is also adoptable to food industry , school , church , hospital and any insitutional industries where you could seat comfortable at your own expense in health protection.
Pedro Jamal Serrano
Pedro Jamal Serrano 18 दिन पहले
Exoskeleton improvised wearable chair mobile could be of good recomendation for international citizens to have it mandatory in mass buying in large scale for worldwide consumption capable in any transport vehicles adoptability like ordinary cars , bus , trucks , ships , planes, choppers and trains acommodation space reservation seat compartment to prevent rapid spreadout of virus.
PsYcHo Gaming
PsYcHo Gaming 18 दिन पहले
china doesn't want taiwan to be normal
alyson easton
alyson easton 18 दिन पहले
I met a lady from Taiwan on Oahu today.. she's here in the USA FOR A VACCINE
steffi 18 दिन पहले
Lerobix 18 दिन पहले
Lydia 18 दिन पहले
i was dead until i was born
Nick Fleming
Nick Fleming 18 दिन पहले
lol this is really exaggerating. They have 23 million population, their maximum daily infections never even hit 600, and now they're back down in the 20s. Theyre still holding it off
Gene Christian Somoza
Gene Christian Somoza 18 दिन पहले
You know why? A person infected with covid entered Taiwan. That's the only reason. It's impossible that a person already inside of Taiwan will magically infected with a virus for no reason.
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi 19 दिन पहले
Am Certified SiliconIsland™ resident, currently under lockdown and feeling big sad due to May outbreak incident. At least we had a year of good run.
Alisux 19 दिन पहले
way to complicated... this is never going to work on West
Ramona Pschowski
Ramona Pschowski 19 दिन पहले
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi 19 दिन पहले
What about the one of the smallest ASEAN country? BRUNEI? It does not have any local transmitted cases for over 430 days.
Ramona Pschowski
Ramona Pschowski 19 दिन पहले
GuapísimoPro 19 दिन पहले
Y yo decía que Latinoamérica es mala xd
Jin Yan
Jin Yan 19 दिन पहले
what a useless video, did taiwan held of covid or not ??
Emily Lick
Emily Lick 19 दिन पहले
We are now down to an average of 19 cases a day which is impressive considering where we started
路易斯 19 दिन पहले
As a Taiwanese, I’m eager to get vaccinated ASAP !
Is George Floyd A Magical Girl?
Is George Floyd A Magical Girl? 19 दिन पहले
The west is almost 100% can't be implemented with Taiwan's Strategy, America is chaotic.
Hung Doan
Hung Doan 19 दिन पहले
2:45 "North Korea appears to have universal and free health care" Me: *visible confusion*
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