U.S. doctors respond sharply to criticism of Taiwan’s “epidemic prevention stopped last year

The local epidemic in Taiwan is still on the rise. Justin Yang, a Chinese-American doctor in the United States, posted an article saying that Taiwan’s epidemic prevention measures were still stuck in last year, pointing out that spraying disinfectant on the streets and taking body temperature were not the best ways to prevent the epidemic and that people should wear two layers of masks. Justin Yang responded by saying that he hoped people would not take the article out of context and discredit the original intention, and that he was not criticizing Taiwan’s government, but was just giving a kind reminder that “everyone can have room for improvement in epidemic prevention.

Justin Yang posted on Facebook earlier, saying that when he saw the epidemic in Taiwan heating up, he was worried that last year’s horrific experience in the United States would be staged in Taiwan, arguing that Taiwan’s epidemic prevention practices were still stuck in last year’s information and had not been updated with their research this year. Such as spraying disinfectant water on the streets, he pointed out that there is no scientific evidence to show that disinfecting the streets can prevent the new crown pneumonia, and that a normal body temperature when entering a store also guarantees that there will be no problem, because there are many patients who do not have a fever.

Justin Yang also mentioned that the most important thing to protect oneself from being infected is to wear a mask. The CDC released a research report in February this year, which mentioned that wearing a two-layer mask (double masking, with the outer layer being a fabric mask and the inner layer being a surgical mask) can effectively reduce transmission by more than 90%, but few Taiwanese are discussing this matter. He reminded that many of the patients are asymptomatic infected people, and in daily life should treat all the people they come in contact with as diagnosed people for prevention.

The first time I saw the film, I was able to see a lot of people who had been infected with the disease. (Photo/file photo)

The first time I saw this article, many people shared it, but some Taiwanese netizens scolded it, “So it’s Mr. Zhuge! I’m sorry. After the fact of that kind of la”, “and then the United States daily confirmed case rate is still so high?” “We have triage and telecommuting! I suggest you worry about the United States first”, “You have more than 30 million people diagnosed in the United States, how do you teach Taiwan to prevent the epidemic?”

In response, Justin Yang responded on Facebook today, saying that although he doesn’t dare say he is an authority on COVID, he has done no less than 15,000 consultations and screenings for community residents over the past year, and has also diagnosed thousands of positive patients, and as the director of the community emergency center, he believes that he has relatively rich research and clinical experience, but he didn’t expect to be widely discussed.

Justin Yang explained that his initial intention was not to say not to spray disinfectant water, but that it should be sprayed on high-contact surfaces, such as door handles and buttons, and that his earlier concern about whether Taiwanese officials had maintained a social distance was also a well-intentioned reminder. He mentioned that the previous U.S. epidemic control was indeed poor, but it doesn’t mean that the epidemic prevention studies released by the CDC were wrong, and that the U.S. medical community’s understanding of the epidemic is now based on the lives of those who died of the disease.

Justin Yang said that U.S. doctors have been changing their epidemic prevention practices over the year in response to new research and recommendations, and that no one should stop learning and accepting new knowledge and ideas.