COVID-19 regulations in Taiwan (2023-08-15 update)
Starting from August 15th, 2023, medical facilities other than hospitals, clinics, and general nursing homes are adjusted to be recommended mask-wearing premises.
I. For indoor spaces in the following designated locations, masks should be worn at all times according to regulations:
(I) Hospitals, clinics, and general nursing homes.
(II) Elderly welfare institutions: Long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other elderly welfare institutions.
Exceptions to wearing masks in the above designated locations are allowed for: eating, taking photographs, situations where wearing a mask is not suitable or feasible for examinations, treatments, or activities. Additionally, whether masks are required within hospital teaching, research, or administrative offices is determined by the hospital's own regulations.
II. In the following specific situations, it is recommended to wear masks:
(I) When experiencing a fever or respiratory symptoms.
(II) When elderly or immunocompromised individuals go out.
(III) When in crowded places where maintaining proper distance or ventilation is difficult.
(IV) When in close contact with elderly or immunocompromised individuals, especially those who are not fully vaccinated.
(V) When entering and exiting medical institutions (pharmacies, medical laboratories, radiology centers, physical therapy centers, occupational therapy centers, midwifery institutions, mental rehabilitation institutions, home nursing institutions, home respiratory care centers, and mental care homes) and other healthcare facilities (blood donation centers, pathology laboratories) with high infection risks.
III. In all other indoor places and indoor spaces, individuals may decide whether to wear masks voluntarily.
IV. The above measures are general guidelines; specific details may be subject to additional regulations as determined by the competent authorities.
Self-Health Management Notice (2023.08.15 version)
Self-Health Management Guidelines for Individuals Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2 (Effective from 15th August 2022)
I. Applicable Individuals and Duration:
(I) Individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 but do not meet the criteria for severe cases: These individuals should practice self-health management from the day of symptom onset or testing date (for asymptomatic cases) until they receive a negative result from a self-administered respiratory tract rapid test or until 5 days have passed since symptom onset or positive testing date (no test required).
(II) Confirmed cases with symptoms for less than 5 days, but have already received treatment: These individuals should practice self-health management until they receive a negative result from a self-administered respiratory tract rapid test or until 5 days have passed since symptom onset (no test required).
II. Guidelines During Self-Health Management:
(I) For individuals aged 65 and above, pregnant women, those with chronic illnesses, weakened immune systems, or a history of immunodeficiency (Note), seeking medical attention is advised promptly upon a positive rapid test. If assessed by a doctor as suitable for oral antiviral medication recommended for COVID-19, follow the prescribed treatment.
(II) If symptomatic, it is recommended to rest at home and avoid non-essential outdoor activities.
(III) While outdoors, properly wear masks throughout and maintain social distancing (1.5 meters indoors, 1 meter outdoors), especially in crowded places where close contact is unavoidable.
(IV) Refrain from participating in close-contact activities or gatherings, such as meals, gatherings, public events, or similar gatherings.
(V) Monitor your health condition closely. If experiencing the following warning symptoms, immediately dial 119 for medical assistance, or arrange transportation through a cohabitant (both wearing masks), or travel independently (walking, private vehicle) without using public transportation:
- Heart rate over 100 beats per minute without fever (temperature <38°C).
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (respiratory rate >30 breaths per minute, or blood oxygen level ≤94%).
- Persistent chest pain or tightness.
- Altered consciousness.
- Bluish skin, lips, or nail beds.
- Inability to eat, drink, or take medication.
- No urine in the past 24 hours or significant decrease in urine output.
- Systolic blood pressure <90mmHg.
(VI) When accompanying someone to a medical facility, visiting, or seeking treatment or examination, adhere to the healthcare contingency measures or infection control measures in effect at the time.
III. Other Notes:
(I) Maintain hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap or other cleaning products.
(II) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands. If hands come into contact with respiratory secretions, wash thoroughly with soap.
(III) Change masks immediately if they come into contact with mouth or nose secretions, and dispose of them properly.
(IV) For psychological counseling services, call the 24-hour toll-free 1925 Peace of Mind Hotline.
(V) Cohabitants should take appropriate protective measures in daily life, including mask-wearing, respiratory hygiene, frequent handwashing, and maintaining good hygiene habits. During the self-health management period for individuals testing positive, avoid sharing meals with them.
The criteria for severe risk factors refer to the "Clinical Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 Infection with SARS-CoV-2" issued by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (referred to as the guidelines). Any adjustments will be based on the latest guidelines published (website: https://gov.tw/rjQ).