Coronavirus disease 2019 is highly infectious, making it hard to determine when the outbreak will slow down. At present, there are 5,000 people entering the country every day from China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Many Taiwan businesspersons are also expected to return for the Qingming Festival, which will be the next big test in epidemic prevention.
People with coronavirus disease 2019 can infect others even if they don't show any symptoms. This makes it hard to determine when the outbreak will abate. At present, there are 5,000 people entering the country every day from China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The number is expected to rise before and after the Qingming Festival, when Taiwan businesspersons return home to offer sacrifices to their ancestors. This will be the next big test in epidemic prevention.
China is the first hot zone, and Southeast Asia needs to be careful. Actually, community transmission has already occurred in some Southeast Asian countries, even though it is difficult to ascertain whether their detection methods are complete. Right now, we have the New Southbound Policy, so those who come in from Southeast Asia need to be careful.
The government has enacted a policy where anyone entering Taiwan from China, Hong Kong, or Macau must undergo quarantine or isolation at home. However, this does not include those who came into contact with confirmed cases. Taiwan has 1,100 beds inside negative isolation wards. Doctors worry that there may be 100,000 people needing to undergo quarantine if numerous Taiwan businesspersons return home from China for the Qingming Festival. Taiwan was in the midst of an influenza epidemic when news of COVID-19 first emerged. Last week, there were 14 deaths caused by influenza. Doctors remind the public that the novel coronavirus and seasonal influenza are both respiratory diseases, so there may be mixed infections.
Mixed respiratory virus infections are common, and simultaneous influenza and novel coronavirus infection have occurred. It's not true that if you get one infection, you can't get another. So, when we make diagnoses, we need to consider many aspects.
Doctors add that influenza and COVID-19 have similar aspects. Influenza symptoms include throat aches and runny noses. The best preventative measure is to get an influenza vaccine to boost immunity.