But while it has avoided the lockdowns seen elsewhere, everyday life has been transformed — in particular by the near-universal adoption of face masks.
That was something British documentary photographer Naomi Goddard, who settled in Taiwan a year ago, wanted to explore.
So she invited friends and strangers alike to take portraits of themselves in masks, accompanied by a handwritten note documenting their experiences.
“The virus is obviously going to be an important part of our history, so I felt compelled to document it in some way,” Goddard told AFP at her studio in downtown Taipei.
Pilates instructor Tina Liu, 25, came to the studio alongside her boyfriend Hugo Lin. The pair faced each other and embraced as the flash flared.
The first month of the outbreak felt like an apocalypse, Liu said, recalling the panic-buying and anxious queues for face masks.
“Taiwan is doing better than most now, but it seems like the end of the world in some countries,” she added.