The Taipei 101 building under the setting sun. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Tao Ming
Xinhua News Agency, Taipei, June 10 (Reporter Qi Xianghui) The 10th is the third day for the reporter to arrive in Taiwan. In the past three days, the death rate of Taiwan's new crown pneumonia epidemic broke records. On the 10th, there were 213 deaths, and the fatality rate exceeded the warning value of 0.1%.
"Death Tide" is coming! This is how the local media described the current epidemic. The Taiwan Epidemic Command Center announced that the fatality rate of new coronary pneumonia is 0.105%, of which the fatality rate of the elderly over 90 years old can reach 5.31%, and the fatality rate of 0 to 9 years old is 0.005%. The current fatality rate is a warning value, but it cannot be ruled out that it will increase in a short time.
This round of the epidemic, which has spread since April, has been raging until now. The confirmed rate of about 11.69%, the ultra-high fatality rate, and the record-high severity rate have made Taiwanese people still unable to see the dawn of the end.
During the quarantine period, the reporter called to greet a friend in Taipei. The friend reluctantly said that although the epidemic was so serious, the command center did not raise the epidemic alert to the third level, and still had to go to the office to work, and many people in the same office building were infected. , my relatives and friends in the south also have many confirmed cases, and they can only "seek more happiness".
When will the local epidemic slow down? The command center said on the 10th that the epidemic is currently "down from the plateau". The northern cities such as Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan have gradually descended from the peak. The central and southern regions are still in the plateau period, and it is necessary to observe when it will pass.
Li Bingying, an infectious disease physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, believes that the most optimistic situation is that it can be completely subsided in September this year, but there are variables that cannot be ruled out. The epidemic curve will "drag a tail", which may be delayed until October.
This is still an optimistic estimate. In fact, in addition to the increasing serious illness and fatality rate of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in Taiwan, Taiwanese people are more worried about the frequent sequelae after infection.
It is understood that many confirmed patients in Taiwan will feel fatigue or continue to cough and other symptoms after recovery. Common sequelae include dyspnea, hair loss, rash, depression, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, chest pain, and neurocognitive symptoms such as brain fog, the command center said.
According to the command center, 41 hospitals across Taiwan have treated 787 patients with sequelae. However, Su Yifeng, the chief physician of the Department of Thoracic Medicine in the Yangming Hospital of Taipei City, said that there are dozens of cases in his outpatient clinic alone, and he believes that the proportion of sequelae is not low.
It is particularly noteworthy that at least 3 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) have appeared in the children diagnosed in this round of epidemic in Taiwan. The third case announced by the command center is a 6-year-old girl. 25 days after the diagnosis of mild new coronary pneumonia, she developed fever, vomiting, and even a slight expansion of the coronary artery. She is still being treated in the intensive care unit.
According to statistics, a total of 44 severe cases of children under the age of 12 in Taiwan have been reported, including encephalitis, pneumonia, sepsis, MIS-C, etc. 17 of the above-mentioned cases have died.
Some Taiwanese netizens denounced: "The person who said (new crown pneumonia) is a mild cold before is a murderer!!!"
Some netizens also said that the virus has not yet been completely flu-like, so don't foolishly use your health to "coexist". It is still very important to do your own epidemic prevention management, self-discipline, and self-awareness.
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