Taiwan anti-Covid-19 lessons for the Netherlands


The Netherlands recorded the deaths of Covid-19 folding over 800 times in Taiwan, pursuing the idea of “community immunity” based on people’s consciousness.

With a population of nearly 24 million people, Taiwan only recorded 440 positive CA with nCoV and 7 fatal cases. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, which had an area equivalent to a population of more than 17 million, reported more than 44,000 infections and more than 5,700 deaths from Covid-19s.

The question is what made the difference between the two places. The Netherlands is not a separate island to be closed with the rest of the world. The Netherlands also did not choose to complete the blockade because it would have violated too much of the privacy of the people.

When the Covid-19 attacks the Netherlands in May 3, people are recommended to restrict to the affected areas. As the epidemic performed more seriously, nearly all efforts focused on minimizing the rate of infection and the wave of patients pouring hospitals.

Dutch people cheers to the Kings Day festival in Amsterdam, 27/4. Photo: Reuters.

The Dutch people would like to celebrate the King’s Day festival in Amsterdam, 27/4. Photo: Reuters.

The Netherlands is also one of the few countries to pursue the idea of “community immunity” in the fight with Covid-19. “Community immunity” is the term used to refer to the people becoming immune to a kind of infectious disease thanks to recovery after illness or vaccine. Some experts believe that Covid-19’s community-free threshold is when 60% of the population is infected with viruses.

To pursue this goal, the Netherlands adopted a fairly tender, thin anti-epidemic strategy called the “intelligent blockade”. With this strategy, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he believes in the sense of responsibility of the people, enough to comply with the limited request out as much as possible, keeping the safe distance of at least 1.5 m and isolativization when found unwell.

“What I know is that people around me are happy when they are treated like mature people, not as children,” Prime Minister Rutte said 4 months.

To reduce the level of nCoV infection, schools, offices, restaurants and bars must be closed. The work must be directly exposed to others who are also suspended and all freezing events are canceled.

“We thought we were wise. We do not want to react too outrageous and confine people in the house, “said Dr. Louise van Schaik of Foreign Relations Institute Clingendael.

When the Covid-19 deaths in the day dropped below 100, it was considered a testimony to the success of the “intelligent blockade” strategy, according to Cha-Hsuan Liu, lecturer on social policy and Public health at the University of Utrecht.

Prime Minister Rutte previously thought it took “months or even longer to create community immunity”.

Taiwan also does not choose blockades for control of the epidemic. Public venues, schools, restaurants and shops remain open since Covid-19 broke out in Wuhan. Life in this island does not seem to change compared to before the epidemic appears.

However, Taiwanese leader Thai Anh van has made very drastic steps to prevent outbreaks, as quickly banning all people from China and then other translation regions.

The decisions of Taiwan are partly motivated by the lack of belief in the information China shares and the Beijing prevents the island from participating in the World Health Organisation (WHO). These factors have led Taiwan to seek control of the epidemic and to resolutely pursue a policy for the maximum medical information transparency with the population. Taiwanese history and culture also shows people here putting collective benefits on personal interests. In addition, the experience dealing with other epidemic such as SARS 2003 and avian influenza in 2013 helped shape the response to Covid-19 for the island.

But the anti-translation of Taiwan is not only based on the sense of responsibility of the individual and also relies on a form of self-discipline supervised. The measures of Taiwan seem to compromise quite a lot of privacy but the results again create a remarkable liberal policy.

A Rapid Translation Response Center (CECC) is set up to provide ongoing updates, including detailed information on the contact and travel history of nCoV-infected people.

If a hospital detects a symptom of a viral infection, the hospital will be required to immediately report to the CECC, which is responsible for tracing the person’s history of travel and exposure in public locations, such as supermarkets or restaurants. Mobile service companies are also required to send theirHe warns anyone who can appear at locations during that time.

A message will usually have the following content: Translation warning. May have been near a person infected with a virus. Keep track of your personal health, follow the principles of Community discrimination, wear a page in public and wash your hands regularly. If you have any health problems, please contact your local medical institution immediately.

All this is done on the principle of information security, so the identity of the infected person will not be disclosed.

Taiwan also introduced the “Electronic fence” system, which allows local officials to track the person’s accommodation to quarantine. It also uses cellular signals to warn if an unintended person leaves the designated quarantine zone and the organizer will be notified immediately.

The people of Taiwan wore a street on Taipei City on 18/5. Photo: AP.

The people of Taiwan wore a street on Taipei City on 18/5. Photo: Ap.

Although the Taiwanese people clearly know this oversight will infringe on privacy, most of them accept the use of personal data and are ready to comply with government regulations. The wearing of the site became the habit of Taiwanese people. At the same time, it is also considered the moral sense to protect those around them.

While Taiwan has been successful with their anti-epidemic strategy, the model is also difficult to apply in the Netherlands. The Dutch government once weighed into consideration through the voluntary use of the Covid-19 monitoring application to warn users if they accidentally exposed the infected nCoV. However, this idea was rejected after the national debate on privacy and security issues. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rutte and his cabinet began to implement a limited 4-month long easing plan.

However, Jaap Bos, associate professor of interdisciplinary social science at the University of Utrecht, recognized the most important difference is that the Netherlands is highly self-respecting and liberal values, which should assign responsibility for the health of the collective to the individual without supervision or monitoring. The price of the Dutch people pay for this freedom the number of people who died from the nCoV was 800 times higher than Taiwan. In contrast, Taiwan requires more oversight and compliance from the people, but the results they receive on a healthier population, a more secure feeling and ultimately the more freedom.

Thanh Center (According to Guardian, BBC)


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