This will be a time for change and adjustment. There is a 3-5 year period to work and position ourselves strategically to make a positive impact in this world.
On March 17, the moment we heard that our city in the San Francisco Bay Area would begin to undergo a home quarantine at midnight, we bought a one-way ticket for the whole family to fly to Taiwan.
We literally had 2 hours to pack out of the blue and could only bring the necessities for a trip that could be 3-8 months. It usually takes two hours to pack up for a day trip for my twin daughters, but this time it was like escaping the plague army. We picked up just what we needed to survive the plane ride, and planned out where to live and what to wear next.
Taiwan was one of the first countries to be hit by the COVID-19 virus, with 150,000 people moving between Taiwan and China every week.
But Taiwan has managed it very well and has so far only seen 3 deaths. When we left the United States on the 17th, we believed (and still believe) that the worst was yet to come. In Taiwan, we think the worst is already over (in these two weeks due to the reverse mass migration of people like me, Taiwan cases jumped from 50 to 300 degrees with 2 and 3 deaths during this time as well, but that’s not the fault of Taiwan operations and they still handle things fairly Very well, as we will explain below).
Also, Taiwan is very aggressive in testing people, so the numbers need to be comprehensive (unlike many countries that say you have symptoms that won’t cure you if you don’t travel). Even after the wave of virus, I think there will be so many/so many bankruptcies, unemployment, social unrest and aggressiveness towards Asians that it wouldn’t be an ideal place for my daughters.
Here’s what Taiwan is doing:
All foreign returns, including myself, are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine.
What sets Taiwan apart is that the mayor of the neighborhood (like the mayor but for the neighborhood) calls two or three times a day to make sure my family stays home and feels comfortable (we get one-on-one calls to everyone in the family).
The CDC also texts us daily to make sure we’re OK, and if not, responding to the text will trigger a special vehicle to take us to the hospital (many global cases have been the result of taxi rides to hospitals).
Even at home, I’m supposed to wear a face mask at all times to make sure other family members aren’t affected (BTW, since most patients don’t know they’re sick, saying you should only wear masks if you’re sick isn’t helpful).
The Taiwan government also provides some money for each day of self-quarantine to mitigate the economic impact or to get an assistant to buy food for people and so on.
Last week they even sent an entire police force to preemptively arrest nightclubs, karaoke and marketplaces to escort the offenders back home and fined $3000-$30,000 which is a lot for a Taiwanese salary.
Again, people who have been fined huge sums are not confirmed cases, only foreigners returning from high-risk areas are supposed to be quarantined.
The government does not take any chance for this bombing. Everyone is afraid of a loophole in the national defense shield, and they prevent this outbreak by all means.
What’s also unique is that each patient has a unique number. So every day in the news we’ll see statements like, ‘Now we know #25 has been moved to #36 because they were studying at the same school in the UK. #43 She recovered and came home from hospital last Tuesday but follow-up check shows she looks like she’s getting worse. once again “.
This is why even though I am a pesky quarantine alien, I feel much safer and better being here in Taiwan than anywhere else in the world.
This whole experience became an introduction for me to think about post-COVID resistance, which I will talk about in another post.
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