Restrooms Believed to Be Infection Source at Tasty 西堤群聚續延燒 醫研判感染源可能在廁所

Taiwan saw 17 new domestic COVID-19 cases on Jan. 17, including 14 from the Tasty steakhouse cluster infection, and a Far Eastern Hospital nurse. Experts say if the nurse was not infected at the hospital, it would mean there is an invisible transmission chain in the community and more cases are expected.


Taiwan's epidemic situation continues to worsen, with 17 new domestic cases announced on Jan. 17. Fourteen were from the Tasty steakhouse cluster infection. A junior high school student got infected despite being in a different class than an infected person. Some doctors believe the restrooms were the source of infection. Foreign studies have shown that after an infected person uses a restroom, the area around the toilet will be contaminated with the virus.

Huang Hsuan, Thoracic Intensivist: “You have to wear your mask properly and make sure it's on properly from the time you lower your pants until the time you pull them back up. The second thing is to close the toilet lid. The third is to use soap when washing your hands.”

Some experts were more concerned about the infection of a nurse at Far Eastern Hospital. She got infected even though she didn't take care of COVID-19 patients. If she wasn't infected in the hospital, it would mean that there is an invisible transmission chain in the community, and more cases can be expected.

Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “This is not the only case where the infection source is unknown. There must be some invisible transmission chains that are gradually extending through communities. This is the greatest worry right now.”

The 1922 COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Reservation Platform began accepting reservations for boosters in the 20th round of vaccination at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18. The times when reservations could be made were staggered depending on age. Many senior citizens unfamiliar with the Internet sought the help of borough chiefs to make reservations.

Taipei Resident: “I can never get a reservation when I try on my own. I'm old, and not very adept. That's why I asked my borough chief for help.”

Experts remind the public that the Omicron variant is more contagious than the Delta variant, and urge people to become fully vaccinated before the Lunar New Year and avoid large gatherings during the holiday. Those who develop symptoms or come into contact with infected persons should get tested as early as possible.

 

 

 

國內新冠疫情持續升溫,17日一口氣新增17例本土個案,其中14例與西堤牛排群聚相關,甚至還有國中生與確診者不同班也遭感染。有醫師研判,病毒傳染源很可能是在廁所,因為有國外研究顯示,如果確診者使用過廁所,馬桶附近都會遭病毒汙染,成為病毒傳播途徑。

胸腔重症專科醫師黃軒說明:「口罩要戴好,從你開始脫褲子到穿褲子的時候,一直口罩都要戴上去。第二,馬桶要蓋上來。第三個,你要洗手的時候,必須要用肥皂洗手。」

不過相較於西堤餐廳群聚,有專家表示,比較擔憂新北亞東醫院確診護理師,因為她沒有照顧確診病人卻染疫。如果感染源不是來自院內,代表社區很可能有隱形傳播鏈,還有其他未爆彈。

台灣感染症醫學會名譽理事長黃立民指出:「這個不明原因的感染源,發生其實不是只有一件,所以社區應該是有一些隱形傳染鏈在慢慢在蔓延,這個就是目前最大的隱憂。」

而因應疫情,1922疫苗預約平台從週二上午10點起,提供第20期疫苗預約第三劑,依年齡分流預約,有長者不擅長使用網路登記,一早就來找里長幫忙。

北市華興里長者說:「我每次預約的時候都預約不到,因為年紀太大了,也笨啦。里長好,里長幫忙。」

專家提醒,今年主要流行株Omicron,傳播力比Delta還要強,建議民眾農曆春節前,最好把疫苗打好打滿來,並儘量減少大型聚會活動。若出現症狀又有相關接觸史,要及早做篩檢,應該可以有效控制疫情。

 

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