Under the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, this year everyone has been washing their hands frequently and wearing masks. One result of this is that there have only been 33 cases of enterovirus in Tainan this year, which is far fewer than last year. On Monday last week, Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che visited a school to promote the correct ideas about preventing viral outbreaks. Huang urged everyone not to get complacent, saying that people should keep washing their hands every day to make the enterovirus go away.
Tainan City Government held an enterovirus pledge activity under the banner of “Wash, rub, rinse, cup, wipe, then enterovirus will be nothing to fear” at Taiwan Municipal North District Kaiyuan Elementary School. Mayor Huang, Ministry of Health and Welfare Centers for Disease Control Southern Region Control Center Director Lee Tsuey-feng, Tainan City Public Health Bureau Commissioner Hsu I-lin, Bureau of Education Commissioner Cheng Hsin-hui, North District Administrator Lee Hwang-shing and local borough wardens got together and performed hand-washing actions to encourage everyone to pay attention to hand hygiene.
Huang said that, thanks to everyone washing their hands frequently and wearing masks, there have been remarkably few enterovirus cases in Tainan this year. Whereas there were more than 1,600 cases last year, there have only been 33 cases so far this year, which is a 98 percent fall in the number of cases. Enterovirus can have a great impact on children’s health. Enterovirus 71, especially, can cause severe symptoms and can be deadly. Tainan will therefore maintain policies such as encouraging people to wear masks and wash their hands frequently, so as to safeguard every child’s health and give their parents peace of mind.
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The Public Health Bureau says that COVID-19 has had the effect of raising the public’s awareness of disease prevention. Enterovirus prevalence has reached a low point all over the city this year, showing just how effective social disease-prevention measures can be in suppressing the spread of infectious diseases. The most important ways of preventing enterovirus are maintaining good hand hygiene by washing one’s hands before eating or holding babies and after going home, using the toilet or playing games.
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
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