謝伯伯時間
謝伯伯時間
Jun 15, 2021
看看瑞典疫情想想台灣 / Two Snapshot of Sweden’s Fight against Covid
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疫情當前,同島一命。大叔們特別呼籲大家沒事就宅在家裡(多聽「謝伯伯時間」)。這段時間要好好照顧自己,也替別人著想。
本次謝伯伯時間邀請到瑞典特派員Edward來談談瑞典的疫情狀況,因為主要錄音是在3月30日錄製,因此Edward前幾天也特別和大叔們更新這三個月來瑞典的進步與現狀,請大家千萬不要錯過!
不知道大家是否記得,自從去年二月瑞典發現第一宗案例之後,三月面臨了國內第一波疫情爆發。而相對於其他北歐國家而言,瑞典政府原先採取不封鎖政策,直到案例與死亡數持續提升,瑞典才開始有相對應嚴格的措施,一定程度地限制人民自由,進而去控制病毒的散播。但是不同於其他OECD國家對抗病毒的措施,瑞典一直都選擇不將學校停課,尤其是小學,考量到有醫護人員無暇照顧小孩的情況,政府並沒有採取停課措施。
情況跳轉到六月,瑞典隨著疫苗的施打,病毒看起來是獲得控制。現在大約40%符合施打疫苗資格的人口已經接種,因此擁有一千萬人口的瑞典現在平均七天的確診人數已經降低到2000例左右,相比前面幾波疫情的5000到7000例,算是稍稍鼓勵了人心。
而回到台灣,在五月中的時候台灣的感染人數急遽攀升,於是台灣也加入世界的行列,政府發布三級警戒,實施一定程度限制個人自由的政策。比如說各級學校將停課至6月28日為止,職場及工作處所也需注意衛生管理,保持社交距離,遠距上班或調整上班時間等等。謝伯伯時間想告訴聽眾們要謹慎小心,但也不需要過度悲觀。台灣有將近一年的時間倖免於病毒的大量摧殘,仍能保持一定程度的正常生活。而現在,我們有諸多國家(如瑞典)在過去一年的防疫狀況作為範例,看他們如何處理弱勢族群在防疫過程中會遇到的困難,如老年人、外國移工等等。希望台灣能好好利用這樣的「後發優勢」,使疫情狀況穩定下來。

The main recording was done on March 30th, 2021. Recently in June 2021, our special correspondent on the ground in Sweden also provided a quick update to give us a sense of progress being made since late March in that country.

Ever since the reporting of the first confirmed case of Covid in Sweden in February 2020, followed by the initial outbreak in March 2020, the government chose a “no shutdown” strategy contrary to its Nordic neighbors. However, as cases and deaths mounted, it too began to implement restrictive measures to somewhat limit personal freedoms in its attempt to contain the spread of Covid. Uniquely among OECD countries though, in its fight against Covid, Sweden has opted to keep its schools open so far.

Fast forward to June, Sweden with its vaccine roll-out, appears to be keeping Covid under control. With almost 40% of its eligible population vaccinated now, Sweden with a population of 10 million has seen its recent 7-day average case numbers below 2,000 compared to highs in the 5,000s to 7,000s in previous waves.

Since late March, Taiwan on the other hand has witnessed a dramatic reversal of fortune in its Covid fight. Upon a surge of domestic cases in mid-May, Taiwan too has joined the rest of the world in implementing measures to limit personal freedoms. Schools, many retail businesses and offices are to be kept partially or completely closed until June 29. There is a silver lining. After more than a year of being sheltered from the ravages of Covid, Taiwan is now in a position to wisely reap some hindsight benefits from other countries as it is to go through what other countries like Sweden had gone through more than a year ago, e.g., likely problem areas to be dealt with: outbreaks among the vulnerable groups including seniors, migrant workers, etc. If handled properly, Taiwan can hopefully stay ahead of the curve given its “second mover” advantage.



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