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Schools and businesses remain open in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic

They have prepared for this pandemic since January and learned from past experiences
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Throughout Canada, non-essential businesses and schools remain closed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

That is not the case in Taiwan. The country has not shut down schools or businesses. 

Todd Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and told the Mike Farewell Show on 570 NEWS the country learned from the SARS outbreak. 

“They were hit fairly hard with (SARS) and learned their lesson and created an extensive coordinated response as a result, and they were quite prepared when (COVID-19) started to spread.” 

Since January, Taiwan has been preparing for COVID-19. They started to stockpile all types of medical equipment. 

“Sanitizers and masks. They knew it was coming and have taken every step to control the spread,” said Coleman. 

Coleman added schools do daily temperature checks of the children to see whether or not they have a fever. 

“They are checking and doing this at a very high rate … which means they are going to be able to catch those cases from that point of infection.” 




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