This is all part of the HOAX https://t.co/7rHKqHHziA— Hunter (@TheCptBlackPill) April 18, 2020
Anti-lockdown protestors chant “fire Fauci” at the Texas state capitol— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 18, 2020
Taiwan was predicted to have the second most deaths.
According to conservatives and libertarians, Taiwan should have chosen to “ride it out” and treat it like it was “just the flu.” Instead, Taiwan took the threat seriously from the beginning and rejected their laissez-faire approach in favor of acting decisively on their own intelligence to regulate international flights and control the spread of the virus with rigorous testing and contact tracing.
“Taiwan is an island of resilience. Centuries of hardship have compelled our society to cope, adapt, and survive trying circumstances. We have found ways to persevere through difficult times together as a nation, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Despite the virus’s highly infectious nature and our proximity to its source, we have prevented a major outbreak. As of April 14, we have had fewer than 400 confirmed cases.
This success is no coincidence. A combination of efforts by medical professionals, government, private sector and society at large have armored our country’s defenses. The painful lessons of the 2003 SARS outbreak, which left Taiwan scarred with the loss of dozens of lives, put our government and people on high alert early on. Last December, when indications of a contagious new respiratory illness began to appear in China, we began monitoring incoming passengers from Wuhan. In January, we established the Central Epidemic Command Center to handle prevention measures. We introduced travel restrictions, and established quarantine protocols for high-risk travelers.
Upon the discovery of the first infected person in Taiwan on Jan. 21, we undertook rigorous investigative efforts to track travel and contact history for every patient, helping to isolate and contain the contagion before a mass community outbreak was possible. In addition to the tireless efforts of our public-health professionals, spearheaded by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, our informed citizens have done their part. Private businesses, franchises and apartment communities have initiated body-temperature monitoring and disinfection steps that have supplemented government efforts in public spaces. …”
Taiwan’s health minister broke down in tears when the 11th case was confirmed.
The coronavirus isn’t a DOOMSDAY VIRUS. It has highlighted major cultural differences though. In Taiwan, the epidemic has been successfully contained through a combination of strong leadership, common sense, pragmatism, trust and social cohesion and science and technology.
In contrast, the United States took a laissez-faire approach to international flights, prioritized fear of “xenophobia” and “spooking the markets” over public health, downplayed and ignored the threat for two months, failed to act on our own intelligence and responded to the virus with a rejection of science and technology, ignorance, incompetence, scapegoating and paranoid conspiracy theories.
More Americans have now died in a month from coronavirus (38,733) than died in the Korean War (36,516). We’re on track to exceed deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220) within a few weeks. In contrast, 232 people have died in South Korea and there are 0 reported deaths in North Korea and Vietnam. 6 people have died in Taiwan. 11 people have died in New Zealand which swiftly moved to control its borders.
The mainstream Right has now led the country into our third debacle of the 21st century. The coronavirus pandemic already dwarfs the Iraq War and the Crash of 2008. We’re also only at the beginning of this ordeal which could stretch out for another two years. It is almost a certainty now that our “superpower” status will never recover from this.