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Guidance Regarding Recent Travel to Crowded Places and Wearing Masks
April 7, 2020

On April 6, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control recommends that anyone who traveled to a crowded place over the past long weekend should follow self-health management for the next 14 days. Self-Health Management includes wearing a mask for 14 days and taking your temperature twice a day. If you develop symptoms, please call all the toll-free Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline, 1922 (or 0800-001922), and inform the physician of any history of travel.

The list of crowded locations over the long weekend include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. 屏東縣南州鄉以南(含墾丁觀光景點)Places to the south of Nanzhou Township in Pingtung County (including Kenting National Park)
  2. 阿里山森林遊樂區Alishan National Scenic Area
  3. 花蓮東大門夜市Dongdamen Night Market, Hualien
  4. 嘉義文化路Wenhua Road, Chiayi
  5. 台南關子嶺Guanziling, Tainan
  6. 台南虎頭埤Hutoupi Scenic Area, Tainan
  7. 台南烏山頭水庫Wushantou Dam, Tainan
  8. 台南湖境度假會館等埤塘風景區Huching Resort and nearby scenic parks, Tainan
  9. 高雄興達港Xingda Harbor, Kaohsiung
  10. 高雄旗山老街Qishan Old Street, Kaohsiung
  11. 雲林北港朝天宮Beigang Chaotian Temple, Yunlin

The U.S. CDC and the Taiwan CDC have updated their recommendations on the use of masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  Although cloth masks and surgical masks do not have much value in preventing YOU from getting COVID-19 they help prevent you from transmitting COVID-19 to OTHERS. Research shows that there has been some transmission of COVID-19 from patients before they developed symptoms. Therefore, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 the use of cloth masks is now recommended in crowded public spaces. Taiwan CDC does not require that people wear masks in offices or schools.

Tips from the CDC:

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to

The following CDC website explains how to wear a mask and how to make your own:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.