People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus travel around Taipei on May 18. Well-established practices such as wearing masks, transparency and trust in science have helped Taiwan assemble one of the world’s must successful Covid-19 pandemic responses. Photo: AP People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus travel around Taipei on May 18. Well-established practices such as wearing masks, transparency and trust in science have helped Taiwan assemble one of the world’s must successful Covid-19 pandemic responses. Photo: AP
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus travel around Taipei on May 18. Well-established practices such as wearing masks, transparency and trust in science have helped Taiwan assemble one of the world’s must successful Covid-19 pandemic responses. Photo: AP
Patricia Pan Connor
Opinion

Opinion

Patricia Pan Connor

Cultural and digital strengths in Taiwan’s coronavirus response hold lessons for struggling US

  • Taiwan has assembled one of the world’s best pandemic responses through a robust digital health care system, swift control measures and a culture of compliance
  • In contrast, the US response has been plagued with chaotic government messaging, attacks on science, suspicion of authorities and a focus on individual freedoms

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus travel around Taipei on May 18. Well-established practices such as wearing masks, transparency and trust in science have helped Taiwan assemble one of the world’s must successful Covid-19 pandemic responses. Photo: AP People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus travel around Taipei on May 18. Well-established practices such as wearing masks, transparency and trust in science have helped Taiwan assemble one of the world’s must successful Covid-19 pandemic responses. Photo: AP
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus travel around Taipei on May 18. Well-established practices such as wearing masks, transparency and trust in science have helped Taiwan assemble one of the world’s must successful Covid-19 pandemic responses. Photo: AP
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Patricia Pan Connor

Patricia Pan Connor

Patricia Pan Connor is a freelance writer, investor, fitness enthusiast, amateur chef and mom. Formerly, she was an investment banker and private equity investor, based in New York City. She is passionate about politics, culture, fitness, travel, healthy cooking, decor and her two goldendoodles, Holly and Hazel. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in economics.