Amedee, a photographer from Poland who has resided in Taiwan for seven years, recently shared a post to Facebook about his observations on situations in Taiwan, his homeland Poland amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. He also called on the public to protect themselves and go through the global crisis together.
安德接受The China Post專訪表示，台灣防疫方面令人驚艷，臨時應變相當專業、迅速又有效率。台灣即時停止中國、澳門、香港班機入境，且不論到任何公共場所、私人公司、機場都會進行體溫檢測、並開闢口罩生產線，甚至公寓住宅都有提供酒精可消毒雙手，看得出全國皆上緊發條全心投入防疫。
The photographer told The China Post that he was impressed by how Taiwan has handled the COVID-19 crisis. The responses to the coronavirus were very professional and quick, he said. Besides, Taiwan implemented preventive measures very early including blocking flights from China, Macau and Hong Kong, checking the temperature at the airports, ramping up production of surgical masks and alcohol for disinfection.
I can tell that the whole country takes care of the problem and you get checked anywhere you go from public places to private companies. Even in residential buildings, you can see sprays to disinfect your hands.
此外，安德注意到，在台灣大家都有嚴格實施防疫措施 — 戴口罩、與他人保持距離、洗手、少出國、待在家。安德也發現路上的車流量明顯少了許多。「台灣目前大概是全世界最安全的地方了」安德說道，整體來說台灣成功得控制住疫情。
Also, people take all the measures very seriously — wearing masks, keeping a distance from each, washing hands, avoiding travels and staying at home – you can look at the traffic on the road — it lowered a lot.
Life slowed down here, lots of people took a leave, but in general, I think the situation is well handled and probably Taiwan is one of the safest places to be at the moment, he wrote.
Speaking of the situation in Poland, Amedee said “The situation is scary,” adding that “I think people in Poland and generally in the EU didn’t see it coming and especially didn’t believe it may hit that hard.” However, he explained that he understands it because previously, for example during the SARS outbreak, it was a thing that was mainly focused on Asia. “In Europe, we had only a few severe cases back then,” he added.
Over the last few weeks, Poland has reported a few cases. Schools are shut at the moment, most businesses don’t run at all, borders are closed, no foreigners are able to get to Poland, Amedee said. It’s really scary. What’s worst is that people may read some news and panic, start panic buying. “This is not good and not necessary because all the goods are available.”
In addition, Amedee has received phone calls from his family, friends in Poland. They have read the news, newspapers, online articles that highly praise Taiwan’s quick and efficient responses to the virus, he said.
Asked of whether he would return to Poland, Amedee said he didn’t want to go back to his home country. First of all, he thinks it’s very irresponsible to travel at the moment. Secondly, the situation in Poland is not better than in Taiwan so far. “I can speak highly of Taiwan’s healthcare. So in case, I really need to see a doctor, I would not be worried about it here in Taiwan.”
“Thirdly, I still can do my work here. The business is a bit slower, but I am still pretty busy at the moment,” Amedee added.
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