日本醫療系統近崩潰 連「這科」醫師都來幫忙|Japan calls on dentists to conduct COVID-19 testing

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【看CP學英文】日本新型冠狀病毒疫情持續升溫,國內醫療系統、基本建設已達到負荷量,因此日本政府呼籲受過特殊訓練的牙醫師加入防疫醫療行列,幫忙

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching Japan’s healthcare system and infrastructures to their limits, Japan has called on dentists with special training to step in and help administer COVID-19 tests.

牙醫師被要求幫忙於可能患有新冠肺炎的病人上實施喉嚨和鼻子的快篩試劑。

The dentists are asked to perform throat and nose swabs for patients suspected of contracting the virus.

在這不尋常的指令公佈前,日本國內才因確診數暴增而頒布國家緊急命令。

The unorthodox authorization comes after Japan’s recent state of emergency declaration and a sudden surge in confirmed cases.

根據世界衛生組織,日本平均每人所擁有的牙醫師人數居亞洲之冠。據信,日本要求牙醫必須出手幫忙是為了達到首相安倍晉三「每日2000人進行PCR普篩」的目標。

According to the World Health Organization, Japan has the largest number of dentists per capita in Asia, and it is believed that the request for them to help out is to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of conducting 20,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests per day.

既然PCR準確率達九成五那麼高,那麼台灣為什麼不學習日本進行普篩呢?事實上,對民眾進行普篩所費不貲。中央流行疫情指揮中心曾指出,若要進行普篩,每位病患必須花費將近3千元新台幣進行檢測。

As PCR tests have a 95 percent accuracy rate, why don’t Taiwan use it for mass-testing as well? According to a recent announcement from Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), PCR mass testings are quite expensive as every test costs a patient around NT$3,000, and authorities claim it is not necessary for Taiwan.

根據衛生部長陳時中的說法,大規模檢測較適用於確診案例極高的國家,如此才能迅速追蹤染疫民眾。

Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung added that mass testing is more suitable for countries with large numbers of confirmed cases to quickly track down infected citizens.