Home Test Kits Flying Off Shelves 本土疫情續延燒 快篩試劑出現搶購潮

Home test kits are in short supply due to number of COVID-19 cases soaring. One pharmacist says sales have tripled to up to 500 kits a day in the past week.


Customer: “Do you have any rapid test kits?”
Convenience Store Clerk: “Sorry, we're sold out.”


Home test kits are in short supply islandwide due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

Ms. Lai, Citizen: “If I get the sniffles -- especially since kids get sick really easily -- we would test ourselves at home before going to see a doctor.”

One pharmacist says home test kit sales have gone up by three times since the Qingming Festival. This pharmacy is selling 300-500 kits a day for NT$300-360 each.

Shen Tsai-ying, Pharmacist: “(Sales) have tripled or quadrupled since the Tomb Sweeping Festival. We sold three times as many as usual the day before yesterday and yesterday.”

The number of new domestic cases has been in the hundreds for seven consecutive days now. Most patients are experiencing mild or no symptoms. The Central Epidemic Command Center is drafting home quarantine guidelines for people with mild symptoms to keep medical resources available for more severe cases, but doctors say extra precautions must be taken to prevent infected people from infecting everyone they live with. 

Chiang Kuan-yu, Internal Medicine Doctor, Taipei City Hospital Zhongxing Branch: “People that are infected need to disinfect the bathroom with bleach and water after use. This includes faucets and the toilet. They need to clean everything before the next person uses the bathroom.”

Doctors say the government needs to publish a home care handbook, including rapid testing at home when respiratory symptoms present. Unlike in Taiwan, home test kits are free to the public in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

 

 

民眾詢問店員,超商有賣快篩試劑嗎? 超商店員回覆:「不好意思,賣完了。」

民眾一早到超商想買快篩試劑,卻傳出缺貨,因為近來本土疫情升溫,全台社區多點爆發,快篩試劑需求大增。

民眾賴小姐說:「像我自己如果稍微感冒,尤其小朋友很容易感冒,我們就會先快篩完再去看醫生。」

超商快篩試劑買不到,有人轉向藥局詢問,有社區藥師表示,清明連假過後,快篩試劑熱銷,平均一支售價300到360元,一天最多可賣300到500劑,銷售量是疫情爆發前的3倍。

社區藥師沈采穎指出:「清明過後的話大概是3到4倍的成長,尤其是這兩天,從前天到昨天大概就是平常的3倍的銷售量。」

本土疫情連續7天破百例,所幸確診者9成9是輕症或無症狀,疫情指揮中心正規劃輕症確診居家照護指引,讓輕症在家隔離,不過有醫師擔憂,居家照護還是要分艙分流,才能避免家人重複感染,尤其共用浴廁風險最高。

北市聯醫中興院區一般內科醫師姜冠宇指出:「確診者在家裡使用廁所之後,要把廁所清消過一遍,包含水龍頭、馬桶那些衛浴設備,用漂白水清消過一遍,才能給下一個家人去做使用。」

醫師建議中央,可將居家照護SOP做成手冊,提供民眾參考,若出現呼吸道等症狀,可先用快篩試劑自我檢測;而根據國外情況,為解決快篩試劑供不應求的問題,美國政府推出居家快篩發放網站,民眾只要登記就能免費領取,香港也是由政府免費發放快篩試劑。

 

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