Cooperating Through a Pandemic

Jewel YangAugust 30, 2021Connection and Isolation

My community responded to the isolating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by cooperating well together. When the pandemic first started, we were not well prepared, but we made it through with low cases of COVID-19.

My community was experienced because of SARS, which was also a deadly virus. SARS started in 2002 and affected many nearby Asian countries. Unlike some other countries that did not experience a prior pandemic, we believed the novel coronavirus would be like SARS, and that was why we knew exactly what to do. We started to wear our masks right away, washed our hands, tried not to travel, and did everything that could help us to stay safe and have a lower case count of the coronavirus. If someone from another country comes back to Taiwan, they are required to be quarantined for 14 days along with seven days of self-isolation before they can go out in public. If they break community guidelines, they will be severely fined. Recently, a man who broke quarantine for eight seconds got fined for $3,550 US dollars.

My community really took the entire pandemic very seriously. With strict law enforcement, we had less than 1,000 cases throughout the whole time span of the pandemic, and almost all of the patients have recovered through intense medical care. At the time of writing, only nine people have died from the coronavirus in Taiwan. Today, nothing has really changed. Even though the coronavirus still exists, our lives are still quite the same. We go to amusement parks, water parks, malls, and literally anywhere that has big crowds. Yet, we wear our masks everywhere and every day, which is the ultimate reason why Taiwan has low records of COVID-19. When we go anywhere, we take our temperatures and spray our hands with alcohol. And if people continue to do what they are supposed to do, I am sure that Taiwan will soon be completely past the pandemic!

Jewel Yang is 11 years old and lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She enjoys living in the social media world and finds herself a fan of Tik Tok trending dances and everything about YouTube vlogging.