Inside Taiwan during COVID-19: How they keep schools and businesses open

Taiwan acted early to make sure there were supplies of masks, sanitizer

Date: Mar 21, 2020
By: Caitlin Taylor, Stephanie Kampf, Tyana Grundig and David Common 

Taiwanese children eat their lunch at school. They only take their masks off when the dividers are up to prevent infection. (Submitted)

It's almost life as usual for the Lin family of Taiwan during the coronavirus pandemic — with a few noticeable exceptions.

"We didn't worry too much," said Leeli Chang, who lives with her husband, Terry Lin, and her daughter, Peggy, 8, in a suburb of Taipei.

The family, like many in Taiwan, continue to go to work, to school and out shopping as normal since the COVID-19 epidemic, but now with some precautions in place — like regular temperature checks and hand sanitizer dispensers outside most public buildings, and many people wearing masks.

Taiwan was hit hard by the SARS pandemic in 2003, but this time, the government took swift and early actions when it first became aware of an unknown pneumonia in Wuhan, China.

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