01 Jun What is the Government Doing to Control the Coronavirus in Korea
What is the Government Doing to Control the Coronavirus in Korea
The fear of the Coronavirus spreading worldwide is a reality. The virus is now a global pandemic. Therefore, countries have taken preventative measures to secure the safety of its citizens; especially South Korea.
Korea has developed a system of fighting the virus head-on by learning from other countries’ mistakes. The result? It’s working.
What is COVID-19 aka Coronavirus?
The coronavirus belongs to a group of viruses that cause respiratory problems to those infected. It targets the organs responsible for how a person breathes, and weakens their airway and circulatory system.
COVID-19 is only one of seven types of coronaviruses. There isn’t just one. For example, the MERS and SARS are also a type of coronavirus. According to NIAID, the virus is “an expansion of (the) Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)”
Moreover, COVID-19, priorly known as SARS-CoV-2, shares the same symptoms as that of MERS and SARS. In addition, these infections each evolved from a virus previously found in animals; particularly bats.
Normally, the Coronavirus starts with a cold in adults and children. However, recent studies show that healthy adults are able to fight the virus because of their stronger immune system. Still, this isn’t something to take lightly.
What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 reported having multiple fluctuating symptoms. Patients describe their experience of severity from a range between mild and severe respiratory issues. Furthermore, patterns of illnesses like fever, cough, and shortness of breath are common symptoms.
COVID-19 is contagious and those infected can spread the virus through coughing or sneezing. According to the CDC, it spreads from person to person from close contacts with a radius about 6 feet.
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets appear, allowing the virus to travel and latch on to a host. Moreover, these droplets are detrimental to the mouths and noses of people. The process is very similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
However, there is still ongoing research about the virus. Studies about whether a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, and catches COVID-19 is unknown. Although, it is important to avoid touching the mouth, nose, and eyes to prevent bacteria entering the body.
Where was the first case in South Korea?
The first case of the coronavirus was reported to be at Cheongdo Daenam Hospital near Daegu, Korea. However, it rapidly continued to infiltrate into Korean borders and infect a number of civilians. Unfortunately, Shincheonji church members were victims of this contamination during a funeral gathering in Gwacheon.
According to CNN, various confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths have since been recorded from the same hospital. Although Shincheonji had no connection to the coronavirus outbreak, South Korea reported its 31st case on February 18. Moreover, by February 20, infection rates increased from 31 to 156, and the first death was reported.
How Is The Korean Government Taking Control of Coronavirus?
Their tactic to fight against COVID-19 is simple—early patient assessment, learning from mistakes and providing safe spaces for testing. Therefore, South Korea’s greatest weapon is their expansion of testing facilities for its people. Korea is now testing 15,000 people a day, according to government figures. Furthermore, 210,000 South Koreans have been tested since January 3.
Gye Cheol Kwon, the chairman of the Laboratory Medicine Foundation, tells BBC that Koreans referenced the MERS outbreak in 2015 to prepare for coronavirus. This lesson forced the country to change how they approach infectious diseases.
“Early patient detection with accurate tests followed by isolation can lower the mortality rate and prevent the virus from spreading…To learn from the past and prepare systems in advance… that might be the true power to overcome this new kind of disaster.” – Prof Kwon
Moreover, since early March, confirmed cases have steadily declined. A total number of 686 cases decreased to about 131. In addition, tracking and testing of Shincheonji church members has largely been completed.
Korea Prioritizes Safety Around the Country
Convenience and easy-access to testing is key to tackling the virus. Therefore, the government has set up 53 drive-thru sample collection stations. This makes it convenient for people to be tested without physical contact.
Moreover, major events have been canceled, along with services and work being moved online. Most importantly, Korea also monitors inside or outside travel in Korea. There is a three-step detection system at Incheon International Airport. There is also an extra screening measure for passengers headed to the United States.
Korea understands the virus has stirred other countries to be wary of Asian foreigners. That is why this airport screening is so important. Korea hopes that it provides confidence in other countries to continue their business relationship with them, despite the setback. Their approach to coronavirus in Korea is receiving positive results, and other countries are taking note.
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