School’s out butit’s nowhere near summer yet. And it’s starting to look likethings may stay that way for avery long time. In Taiwan, we’re about to spenda day at school with Peggy andher mom Lee-li to find out ifwhat’s happening there wouldever work in Canada. Here the governmentextended the school break andclosed schools for only 2 weeks. Now, school’s backin, and Peggy’s school is takingsome extra measuresto keep kids safe. Temperatures taken. Hands and shoessanitized on the way inside. Lee-li is also ateacher at Peggy’s school. Studentsgather for an assembly. Today, it’s a 101 ongerms and COVID-19. Even an excerpt of Matt Damonfrom the movie “Contagion”. Nothing’s perfect. Not all the kidsremember to wear their masks. My name is Robin. I’m from Minnesota in theUSA and I’m here at Dajia as aFulbright Englishteaching assistant. The washing handsseems to be really crucial,and I love how thisschool has announcements. At the beginning ofeach class period,the students usually don’t enterthe classroom until a minute into class because they areall busy washing theirhands outside. An addedmeasure at Peggy’s school?This girl’s name is Mabelbut her official title?”Student chiefdisinfectant officer”. And at lunch time? I love how the schoolsets up the yellow dividerboards to keep students a littlebit separated from each other’sair space. The governmentprovided thermometers,disinfectants, and facemasks to all schools. Hi, David. Hello, minister. Taiwan’s Minister ofForeign Affairs is Joseph Wu. What are the measures that youfound worked well for Taiwan?Taiwan’s case may not beapplicable to all othercountries, especially for thosecountries that are hit veryhard already. The reason why Taiwan is moresuccessful than other countriesis because we responded quickly. Back on December 31,Taiwan began to assess people onflights from Wuhan forsymptoms and soon after,increased production on supplieslike masks and sanitizers. Taiwan also tracked peoplewith a risk of infection throughcell phones to makesure they stayed home. I feel so much safer here,especially knowing that here,the government actually knowswhere all of the cases are. That kind of trackingmight not be possible in Canada. But our government wantspeople to stay home too,and just ordered mandatoryquarantine for all travellers,with fines up to750,000, even jail time. I’m Skyping with Torontoepidemiologist Dr. Isaac Bogoch. Does he think Canadashould have adoptedTaiwan’s approach? But he does say there’sno excuse for not having enoughtests and medical supplies. Experts say Canada’sapproach of physical distancingwill work if weall actually do it. What would be the mostimportant thing you would tellCanada right now?I would say that. . . try toeducate the public. Hand washing or personalhygiene is very important forthe public. But even in aplace as prepared as Taiwan,now a second wave. More than 100 new cases. Mostly from travellers. What do you hopewill happen in the future? One thing we all havein common is hope to beatthis pandemic.