Allot of people are speaking out about Taiwan’s seeming inability to handle the SARS outbreak. The scene here is utterly surreal. I have my temperature checked no less than 4 times a day, everyone wears masks, and everyone stays home. Personally I am concerned but am trying to avoid the hysteria and put it into perspective. This despite a government and a system that seems completely unable to managment a situation such as this. It’s amazing to me that a country full of so many intelligent and well educated people with so much money can be so inept. My God, Vietnam got it under control – have you seen their public hospitals?
Currently the crisis is more a crisis of confidence and the Taiwanese appear to have utterly failed this test. I hope I am wrong. Time will tell.
There is a rather heated discussion about the whole issue on a local community site called Forumosa.
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