While the Coronavirus cases in the US and many other countries are rising exponentially, some countries have managed to get the situation under control. People, there are slowly going back to their normal lives. But how did they do it?
Taiwan, which has a population of about 23.6 million people and has reported only 720 total cases and seven deaths, is one of those countries. People there are living almost normally since February. How did they do that? It's not complicated—they have strict policies.
Twitter user @thatalicewu recently visited Taiwan and thought that it was important to share her experience. Her Twitter thread went viral and now has more than 43k likes and over 13k retweets.
Alice said that the government is keeping track of everyone entering the country via their cell phone signals. After exiting the airport, every passenger is provided with a “COVID-safe” vehicle that takes them to their hotel or home.
When someone is quarantining in a hotel, all food is left outside their room. There’s no direct contact involved. Furthermore, each day, a quarantined person receives a phone call from the doctors checking up on their health. After 15 days of quarantine, a person can leave.
And because most people voluntarily signed up for contact tracking, if someone breaks the quarantine, the government can track their movement, and they will be fined.
And even with the situation being much better now, Taiwan residents still willingly choose to wear masks in public places, just to be safe.