Coronavirus Taiwan - Specific Developments July-September 2022

To be honest, both are very low on my totem pole of things to worry about.

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Two months of traveling throughout N. America, Brazil, and the Middle East. Covid wasn’t on my mind until I was told to wait in a tight line and spit a cup while waiting in a nasty ass plastic cubicle. About as bad as a public restroom.

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Taiwan’s glory hole.

At least they don’t probe your brain through your nose anymore. Baby steps.

Yeah, the whole thing is ridiculous.

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Surely you can see that they want to keep an eye on what’s coming into the country—which variants, and from where?

If spitting into a cup helps get that data, so be it.

Guy

No, I don’t care anymore. I’ve had 3 shots and the virus is endemic. Everyone I know who has had it (a lot of people) have been vaccinated and either compare it to a cold or a hangover. I have bigger things on my mind, as we all do. At this point, social harm from continued COVID policies is much greater than any danger from the virus.

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Well OK, that’s your business. And the CECC is doing their business, in this case by keeping tracking of what is coming into the country.

It is possible for both of you to do your things at the same time.

Guy

I’m with DrewC on this… Please, let’s move on. My dad asked me why Taiwan didn’t make Pelosi do quarantine. lol Let’s open up already.

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I can’t believe anyone wouldn’t want to open up now. Strange days.

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Besides vaccines what can they do? The restrictions are proven not to work. Face facts. Time to move on, end the clown show and possibly blast Chen clock into space in a rocket.

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The pieces I have read in the past couple of days lament the fact that my country of birth—Canada—currently seems to treat vaccines as the sole mitigation tool.

Taiwan has never taken this approach. They have viewed vaccines as part of a toolbox of mitigation measures. I have not seen any indication that the authorities in Taiwan will suddenly mutate into the Justin Trudeau government. Sorry if this disappoints you; it does not disappoint me.

Guy

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It is disappointing all the time and money and parts of our lives wasted on following restrictions that don’t even work. I agree with you there.

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Guess we have to be thankful for small mercies.

Frankly, I see a lot of parallels; for example Taiwan forced a lot of people into a corner “for their own good” and are now busy pretending that none of it ever happened.

The last we heard from the CECC is that they’ll open up when 50% of kids have been vaccinated. Is that really a sensible goal? Where is their legal authority to set (and then ignore) these arbitrary targets? And the deeper mystery is why other power-brokers even listen to them.

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For the reference of other forumosans, here is one the pieces I’ve read. It appeared in the Globe and Mail—hardly a leftist newspaper, more corporate establishment. This is what they have to say now, in August 2022:

Guy

It reads like a standard propaganda release. Get lots of boosters, and let’s all try to stamp out misinformation! You know, like the fact that Canada is averaging one “of or with” COVID death per million per day, and has done for a very long time. Not unlike Taiwan, curiously enough.

It says more than that. It says we need a better coordination of global vaccination. It says we need better recognition that this is an airborne virus—and to deal with better air flow and safer situations when we meet in groups. It says that we need better paid leave systems for folks who get infected. It says we need to push for better treatment methods than we have with the current anti-virals.

In short, there’s still lots to do. And if we don’t do it, the piece states, we will (as Canada has shown) be bouncing from crisis to crisis.

Guy

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Right. More vaccines, more vaccines, more vaccines.

Or we could just recognise that trying to make “airflow” safe is dangerously similar to standing on the beach and telling the tide to recede.

Social security systems are nothing to do with COVID. Europe has had paid sick leave for an awful long time.

Doctors know perfectly well how to treat COVID. It’s been going on for three bloody years, why wouldn’t they? So it’s a pity doctors aren’t just left alone to do their jobs.

Well, they could try to stop manufacturing crises then. It sounds simple, but it works.

I notice the woman submitting her child for medical experiments is grossly obese. There’s one proper crisis they still haven’t bothered doing anything about.

EDIT: oops, I was warned the other day that I shouldn’t post stuff that’s off-topic. If anyone grumbles again, I’m going to blame you for posting a completely irrelevant article about Canada in the Taiwan thread.

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Or we could treat it like the flu and not a crisis for which we need more government control over our lives.

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Indeed. As you’ve observed, everything is fine!

Guy

No, I didn’t observe that. I implied that governments are supposed to worry about the totality of the country’s problems, and not waste money on their favourite pet project.

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