PCR Test Takers Reminded to Leave Correct Number PCR採檢民眾填範例電話 衛生局無法聯繫

People have been urged to leave their correct phone numbers when getting PCR tests, as the results will be sent to their phone. One Changhua County resident left a phone number starting with 0900, meaning this person could not be located. Meanwhile, a health official says the actual number of cases may be five times the number of reported cases.


This information card produced by the Changhua County government is to remind people taking PCR tests to provide their correct mobile phone number, and has the phone number "0900000000" as an example. Recently, the county's Public Health Bureau discovered that a person with a positive PCR test result had simply copied the example and could not be located.

Yeh Yen-po, Director, Public Health Bureau, Changhua County: “This person actually filled in the central government's EDM mobile phone number. We would like to thank this person for following the government's instructions to a tee.”

The bureau accessed hospital records and managed to find this person. It also amended the card to add the statement that people should fill in their own mobile phone numbers. It says 10 percent of people filled in wrong numbers, delaying the notification of results and creating extra work to track them down. Meanwhile, a health official said there are many unreported cases.

Hwang Kao-pin, Central Region Commander, Medical Network: “In theory (if it's triple), then there should be about two million people in Taiwan who have already been infected. The cumulative number reported by the government is about 800,000. The other 1.6 million are unreported. If these (asymptomatic) infected people have antibodies, then it won't be likely that they get infected again. That's why the higher the number of unreported cases, the better.”

The official said the situation is plateauing, and the number of unreported cases may be five to 10 times that of reported cases. If these cases are asymptomatic, self-immunity will increase. If the third-dose coverage rate reaches 80 percent, then herd immunity may be achieved. Doctors believe there are numerous unreported cases and the number of reported cases will peak at the end of May.

Chiang Kuan-yu, Doctor, Taipei City Hospital Zhongxing Branch: “It may occur (from the end of May) to the beginning of June, so you still have to be careful. There will be a period when the number of confirmed cases will peak and it will extend for some time.”

Doctors predict a peak period, with the daily number of cases reaching 160,000 to 170,000 including unreported cases. Herd immunity may be possible in the future, but in the meantime the focus should still be on preventing moderate and severe cases and reserving PCR testing for those who need it.

 

 

 

彰化縣府的宣導圖卡上面寫著這支電話0900000000。各地政府呼籲PCR採檢民眾,務必要把自己的手機填正確。但彰化縣衛生局追蹤資料,發現有一名PCR陽性的民眾,真的將手機照著填寫範例格式,第一時間無法聯繫。

彰化縣衛生局長葉彥伯表示:「他真的填中央EDM的手機號碼,我們真的很謝謝這位民眾,這麼配合政府的宣導。」

彰化縣衛生局後來透過醫院資料才連繫上這位民眾,也趕緊將宣導圖卡加註,要填上自己的手機號碼。衛生局統計,有一成的民眾因為手機沒填正確,延遲了收到檢驗報告的時間,還要花不少時間和人力追溯。而疫情持續嚴峻,衛福部防疫醫療網中區指揮官黃高彬指出,目前確實有許多確診黑數存在。

黃高彬表示:「理論上來講(以三倍來看),台灣應該有差不多200多萬人已經感染,政府公布的累計確診人數是80幾萬,剩下的160萬左右就是黑數,這些未發病的感染者他就有抗體,他就不容易再被感染,所以這個黑數是越多越好。」

黃高彬指出,目前疫情處於高原期,黑數約是公布出來的5至10倍,而如果這些是無症狀,或是沒有發病,自我免疫力就跟著提高,加上施打3劑的人數達到8成以上,才有可能達到群體免疫。有醫師認同社區存在不少黑數,推估5月底將會來到單日確診最高峰。

北市聯醫中興院區醫師姜冠宇認為:「5月中下旬到6月初都可能,還是要小心一點,確診數還是會有一段高峰期,而且還拉的不會太短。」

姜冠宇表示,接下來疫情將面臨一陣高峰期,包含黑數可能達到單日16、17萬例,接下來總體形成共體免疫的社區,但目前還是應該預防中重症產生,也呼籲將PCR量能留給需要的人。

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