How Taiwan used tech to fight COVID-19

Since the end of 2019, countries around the world have been gripped by the impact of the COVID-19. With the rising infection rates across the globe, Taiwan has been hailed as an excellent example of a country that was managing to restrict the spread of the disease.

While hard and bitter lessons in dealing with the 2003 SARS outbreak helped Taiwan prepare and quickly respond to the newly emerging virus via its 124 emergency response action items, Taiwan also owes its relative success largely to the timely and transparent implementation of technology-driven methods.

From European Parliament to countries, such as New Zealand, the UK, the US, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Israel and Sweden, to name a few, many have praised Taiwan’s approach, intending to adopt some of Taiwan’s tech-driven strategies to combat COVID-19.

The Use of Tech & Big Data Analytics to Track COVID-19

Part of Taiwan’s successful strategy rests with its early response and robust case tracing mechanisms.

Having experienced SARS outbreak in 2003, Taiwan has responded quickly to early warning by Metabiota – a health tech company, which predicted that the COVID-19 would reach Taiwan in one week’s time. It has rapidly implemented strong border controls and travel restrictions on countries with reported COVID-19 outbreak before the initial cases reached the country.

After the 2003 epidemic, Taiwan has also implemented active surveillance and screening systems, such as infrared thermal imaging scanning (ITIS), in all major airports and ports to screen travelers for fever – a symptom of COVID-19. The existing infrastructure and early warning allowed the country to quickly react to potential arrival of COVID-19 cases and implement measures to control its spread.

Notably, Taiwan’s officials have also done a very detailed mapping of who got the virus from whom since the beginning of the outbreak by the use of big data analytics and were able to stop some of the transmission early.

Source: Tech UK