Date：22 July (Thursday)
Time: 09:00 – 10:30 (GMT+8)
National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital
Dr. Ping-Ing Lee graduated from the medical faculty of the National Taiwan University, and obtained his Ph.D. from Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Taiwan University. He is currently serving as associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, and is attending physician at the Department of Pediatrics, National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lee serves as the chair of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Center for Disease Control, Department of Health, Taiwan. He is the leader of pediatrics in Taiwan and is the former president of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan, Taiwan Immunization Vision and Strategy and Asian Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Taiwan has been very successful in controlling COVID-19 in the initial phase. One of the major reasons is an immediate and rapid response. With the emergence of pneumonia of unknown etiology in China in late December, 2019, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) organized and held the first meeting of the Expert Advisory Committee of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) on January 5, 2020. Quarantine strategies and procedures were started so early that enabled an effective contact tracing for all identified infected persons.
To prevent droplet transmission, regular wearing of a face mask is recommended. Analyzing global data on the incidence and the mortality of COVID-19, it appears that countries emphasizing social distancing but not wearing face mask tend to have a more severe outbreak. Some recommendations for social distancing were made after April in Taiwan. The spread of COVID-19 has in fact been well controlled before the recommendation for social distancing.
To prevent contact transmission, people are advised to wash their hands frequently. Public places are disinfected regularly. Public awareness of effective preventive measures against COVID-19 contribute to the control of COVID-19 in Taiwan. Key elements for a successful control of COVID-19 have been wearing face mask, no touch of eye/nose/ear, hand washing, and environmental disinfection.