How the Covid-19 Exceptions Prove the Rule

by Nayvin Gordon, 4-6-2020

Covid-19 is contained in Taiwan and Singapore.  There is no “lock down,” no mass unemployment, no rising death rate.  Factories, schools and businesses are open.  Contrast this with Europe and the US where the plague of Covid-19 is devastating the lives of millions with “lock downs,” unemployment, isolation, and death.  What explains the differences?  Why were the doors to death wide open in Europe and the US but quickly closed in Taiwan and Singapore?

How did Singapore become the “gold standard of near perfect detection?”  Simply put, they learned from the SARS 2003 epidemic that had killed people and damaged the economy.  Their answer was to invest heavily in building health care infrastructure: building 1,000 public health clinics, free aggressive testing and hospitalization, contact tracing, and quarantine with financial support, consistent public education and social distancing.  The virus was contained. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6914e1.htm 

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