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As Level 3 restrictions will expire soon, some domestic experts say Taiwan will only see more outbreaks unless 65 percent of people have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. They also urge restaurants to not only lower capacity, but also ensure adequate air circulation.

Taiwan's vaccine coverage rate is still just 24.35 percent, but businesses want Level 3 restrictions to be lifted for good on July 26. Domestic experts say 65 percent of people need to be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

Voice of Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan:"Mass COVID-19 outbreaks will continue unless 75 to 80 percent of the population have received both doses of the vaccine. At the very minimum, the coverage rate has to be 65 percent."

Although restaurants have been allowed to resume limited on-site dining, public health experts say ensuring adequate air circulation is more important than anything else. Experts say the Central Epidemic Command Center's requirement for partitions between tables doesn't do much and mechanical air circulation is more important.

Chen Jia-kun, Professor, College of Public Health, NTU:"A precondition for the resumption of on-site dining should be mechanical air circulation. Fans should not face the same side. The best option is to keep all your doors and windows open and installing an exhaust fan over your window. There's no point installing an exhaust fan by the door if the door is open."

In response to foreign reports that the virus can survive for up to a month in the fecal matter  longer than in the respiratory tract or serum -- domestic experts say independent drainage systems can help stop community transmission. In addition, anti-viral plants like mint can be placed both indoors and outdoors to improve air quality and suppress transmission.





台灣感染症醫學會名譽理事長 黃立民表示:「七成五到八成的人,都打完2劑呢,才比較有把握是65%的人有保護力。那這種情況呢,才能讓病毒的傳播,可以變慢或是被阻擋。」


台大公衛學院教授 陳佳堃表示:「前提是要有機械通風,那機械通風,儘量不要把兩個通風扇擺在同一側。最好是,你門打開 有窗可以開窗,在窗上面再加一個排風扇,可是不要在門旁邊裝個排風扇。因為門旁邊,你開了門,裝了排風扇,你就沒有用了。」