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Taiwan faces a surge in viruses amid cold front

Reporter Huang-Chi Ho
Release time:2024/01/25 18:14
Last update time:2024/01/25 18:14
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Taiwan grapples with the dual challenges of plummeting temperatures and a surge in virus transmission during the ongoing cold front.

Pediatrician Lin Yung-zen highlights the connection between frigid weather and the rapid spread of viruses. As people seek shelter indoors, reduced ventilation due to closed windows and doors facilitates virus transmission, with respiratory infections being the predominant concern.

 

Data from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CEC) reveals a significant spike in flu-related outpatient and emergency room visits, reaching 127,638 individuals from Jan. 14 to 20. 

This figure marks the second-highest recorded in the past decade and mirrors the 2016 experience when a severe cold wave led to the rapid proliferation of Influenza A and B viruses, straining medical resources during the Lunar New Year Holiday.

Physician Lin Wei-wen from the Department of Cardiology at Taiwan Adventist Hospital underscores the concerning trend of cardiovascular diseases and infections dominating hospitalizations and medical consultations during cold fronts, emphasizing the need for comprehensive health measures.
 

With the convergence of the flu, COVID-19, and a potent cold wave, Taiwan has issued a red medical alert. Personal protection measures become imperative as the Lunar New Year approaches in two weeks.

Vaccination plays a pivotal role in this effort, with over 6.44 million government-funded shots administered as of Jan. 22. Notably, 2.22 million individuals aged 65 and above have received the vaccine, achieving a rate of 52.9%, nearing the 55% target.

While vaccines do not guarantee complete immunity, they significantly reduce the risk of severe flu cases. Nutritionist Huang Wei-chieh suggests that alongside vaccination, adopting a balanced diet rich in whole grains, cereals, vegetables, and proteins can enhance overall health.

As Taiwan grapples with the chilling weather, the battle against viruses intensifies. Implementing preventive measures such as proper attire, a nutritious diet, and vaccination remains crucial in mitigating virus spread.

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