Tag: South Korea
The Republic of Korea, south of the 'hermit kingdom' North Korea, is one of the great powers in East Asia today and rules most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria. Capital city is Seoul, the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world.
South Korea is relatively the most successful 'MAJOR' country in fighting COVID-19 because of its extensive measures and swift, decisive, expansive and well-organized mass testing to a large number of people. It is also remarkable that the country was able to control the virus at this rate even though it did not have to lock down entire cities or take some authoritarian measures. It also has a unique system wherein there were extensive efforts by their government and health care officials to isolate infected people and trace and quarantine their contacts.
South Korea learned the importance of preparedness the hard way. In 2015, a South Korean businessman came down with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) after returning from a visit to three Middle Eastern countries. He was treated at three South Korean health facilities before he was diagnosed with MERS and isolated. By then, he had set off a chain of transmission that infected 186 and killed 36, including many patients hospitalized for other ailments, visitors, and hospital staff. Tracing, testing, and quarantining nearly 17,000 people quashed the outbreak after 2 months. The specter of a runaway epidemic alarmed the nation and dented the economy.
Despite of their success in battling the virus, they are still looking forward in learning more about the virus, like the rest of the world does.
Despite my criticisms, I have generally felt that our public health officials have done a reasonable job. I’d give them something in the C+ to B range. This grade does not include the colossal testing failure, which I suspect was thanks to bureaucrats who we may discover are not public health people at all. But there is another major test that has been failed, and this one is squarely in the laps of our ‘expert’ health officials.
This failure concerns masks.
We have known for a very, very, very long time that masks have great potential to curb the spread … continue reading...
About a week ago, I drilled into the incessant, breathless panic-mongering that led to our entire nation’s response being pegged to the ‘possibility’ that we would end up like Italy–all the while ignoring the fact that there were other possibilities, too. Why might we not end up like Germany? Or South Korea?
Don’t people know that we had our first confirmed case of coronavirus before Italy? Instead of asserting that “WE WILL BE LIKE ITALY! AAAAAAAAAAAAH!” why not ask “Why is Italy so different than the US?” Clearly, its not the evidence which is forcing us to choose Italy as … continue reading...