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How Taiwan and Singapore managed to contain COVID-19, while letting normal life go on
 
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Category  Health
Poster  N_Fiddledog
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Date  2020-03-21 10:27:30

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  • Freakinoldguy: Amazing and if what they're saying is true the rest of us didn't really learn a fucking thing from the SARS or MERS outbreaks.

    These two countries did all the things that the rest of the world didn't do till it was to late and now they're reaping the rewards of their foresight and willingness to adapt while we suffer.

    Well, there's always next time for the rest of us to get it right because, there will be a next time.

    Besides what could possibly go wrong when you'll have kids like these in charge of fighting future pandemics. XD



    Time for mandatory military service so they can slap the stupid out of these kids and teach them some discipline before they become our future leaders. Otherwise it's gonna be a very long rough ride.
  • DrCaleb: "Freakinoldguy" said

    These two countries did all the things that the rest of the world didn't do till it was to late and now they're reaping the rewards of their foresight and willingness to adapt while we suffer.


    And how much did it cost, in those two small, densely populated and very rich countries? And how many people would bitch that Trudeau was spending our grandchildrens' future to build it?

    Just like Y2k and MERS were the calamities that never happened, because of good planning, that system would have been another billion dollar boondoggle if Covid-19 never came along.
  • Freakinoldguy: "DrCaleb" said

    These two countries did all the things that the rest of the world didn't do till it was to late and now they're reaping the rewards of their foresight and willingness to adapt while we suffer.


    And how much did it cost, in those two small, densely populated and very rich countries? And how many people would bitch that Trudeau was spending our grandchildrens' future to build it?

    Just like Y2k and MERS were the calamities that never happened, because of good planning, that system would have been another billion dollar boondoggle if Covid-19 never came along.

    Both Singapore and Taiwan were hit with a severe SARS outbreaks and Y2K just like alot of the rest of the world and for some strange reason they understood what's required to mitigate a pandemic and showed that it didn't have to be a billion dollar boondoggle. As the matter of fact since they prepared for this after SARS they've had between 16 and 18 years to put the money away and get ready for this pandemic without hurting their economy.

    So, to say that we couldn't afford to prepare for a pandemic that's been predicted for a hundred years isn't exactly true, is it?

    It doesn't cost much to close your borders, to quarantine your population and to prevent non essential movement within your country. It also doesn't cost much to enforce your quarantine laws. But hey it's alot easier to do nothing and wait for a bunch of twits at the Word Health Organization tell you what to do, despite the fact that even a blind man could see how this whole thing was playing out, which by the way was November not December.

    https://www.livescience.com/first-case- ... found.html


    I think the biggest issue here isn't the amount of money that now has to be thrown at the pandemic or the damage it's doing to the world economy, it's that the countries who waited for the WHO to tell them what to do and are now in far more trouble than the countries who had pandemic mitigation plans in place and actually enforced those plans at the beginning of the event.
  • PluggyRug: Take a bunch of inept corruptible buffoons from the UN, put them in labcoats and we have the WHO.
  • Sunnyways: Singapore and Taiwan certainly have many useful lessons to teach the world on fighting this pandemic. However, Singapore is a single city with an area of 720 square km and a tradition of cultural conformity. Implementing case contact searches there and integrating all sorts of data on individuals is inherently much easier than it is in a subcontinent like Canada with a history of liberal democracy, personal freedom and health care largely controlled at the provincial level. Nearly all Western countries have struggled to emulate the good example set by them.

    In a national health crisis like this, I would like to see all provincial authority on health care temporarily assumed by the federal government. Itís also a time when the surveillance capabilities of the internet could really help us in tracing potential cases. We need to think of the common good more than we usually do.

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