COVID-19 Infections Surpassing 100 for the Last Four Days in Taiwan 本土連日破百例 學者估4月中旬感染高峰

Medical experts say the recent surge in COVID-19 cases may be due to vaccination effectiveness wearing off. In this case, daily infections are likely to increase up to 500 per day around Mid-April. 


COVID-19 infections have been increasing in Taiwan, with more than a hundred cases each day for the last four days. Public health experts say that the rise may be due to parts of the population who have not yet received a third shot. Currently, only about 50 percent of the population in Taiwan received booster shots. The percentage has not gone up for a while, which means that for many people, their two previous doses of vaccines have begun losing their effectiveness. One expert estimated that the number of daily infections would surge to 500 per day, with numbers peaking by mid-April.

Chen Hsiu-hsi, Professor, College of Public Health, NTU: “If we can't push more people to get vaccinated with booster shots, I think the number of daily infections could get as high as 500 (per day).”

Fortunately, over 90 percent of the confirmed cases reported between Jan. 1 and April 3 of the current year in 2022 were asymptomatic or had only mild symptoms. There are 1,713 cases in total so far. To conserve healthcare capacity, the Central Epidemic Command Center recently announced that all mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 patients under the age of 65 who are physically capable, will be sent to government quarantine facilities or quarantine hotels instead of the hospital, with two patients per room. This raised some concern as to whether having two patients in one room would increase the risk of cross-infections.

Chiang Kuan-yu, Physician, Zhongxing Branch of Taipei City Hospital: “If you put two patients in one room, they should be two that experience similar symptoms, mild symptoms. If one is sicker than the other, I think the sicker one should be treated alone to be on the safe side.”

COVID-19 patients can be quarantined at home if future cases remain mostly mild or asymptomatic, experts suggest. Experts are also calling on the government to assist senior citizens who have not yet received any vaccination due to health concerns to sign up for the Novavax vaccine when it becomes available in Taiwan since Novavax is known for fewer side effects. 

 

 

 

國內新冠本土疫情狂燒,連續3天確診人數破百,而且病例數持續增加。對此有公衛學者表示,國人第3劑疫苗覆蓋率停留在五成太久,這波疫情是反映先前2劑AZ疫苗失效的感染情況,再來就是打2劑莫德納的保護力也即將失效,預估本土確診數會飆升到每天500人,4月中旬為感染高峰期。

台大公衛學院教授陳秀熙指出:「如果我們的第三劑施打速率沒辦法很快的情況之下,這樣的速率大概預估,大概就是會可能最高,大概就會到500(確診)吧。」

所幸從今年元旦到4月3日為止,累計1713名確診者,超過9成是輕症或無症狀患者,為保全醫療量能,指揮中心日前宣布,65歲以下無症狀或輕症、且生活可自理者,一律送加強版集中檢疫所或防疫旅館,可以2人一室,不過外界擔憂可能增加交叉感染風險。

北市聯醫中興院區一般內科醫師姜冠宇指出:「兩人一室基本上還是要疾病程度都相同,也都是偏向症狀稍微輕一點的,如果是有人是症狀比較嚴重的話,那可能還是單人治療可能會比較安全。」

專家建議中央,如果重症比率沒有上升,可考慮將輕症或無症狀確診者,從集中檢疫所改為居家照護;另外,台灣還有一到兩成長者連一劑苗都沒打,副作用較小的NOVAVAX疫苗抵台後,應優先安排這些長者接種,補足覆蓋率缺口,才能安心放寬邊境措施。

 

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