Why South Korea was able to quickly deal with COVID-19

One of the main factors – the previous experience and the ability to draw conclusions. South Korea five years ago already experienced an outbreak of the MERS coronavirus, called “camel flu”. Then, the Korea health and doctors rightly heard a lot of unflattering evaluations to your address, although in the end and managed to fight off the infection. In General, however, it was then that their mistakes were “run-in” system response to such infection, and identified the optimal algorithm which was used when COVID-19.

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the Next reason – a fairly quick response from the authorities. The painful memory of the failure of MERS 2015, as well as proximity to China forced Korea to react very quickly. Although the factor of the notorious sect “of Sinchonri” when her followers deliberately misled the government and have complicated the search for potential carriers of the virus, and to complicate the situation, but in General the appropriate tracking mechanisms of the infected were involved from the beginning. However there are a few summed up the hope for the integrity of fellow citizens why and there was a large hearth in the South-East of the country – in the city of Daegu and adjacent areas. However, it was already clear, among whom we must look for in the first place. Therefore was thrown all forces on followers of the cult of “Sinchonri” among them in contact with people and was listed the most infected COVID-19. This allowed to localize the main danger and to prevent overflow of the clinics that would threaten to collapse the entire health system, as is now happening in some European countries.

another factor is, again, a quick test system, including mobile units. It is worth noting that in Korea at least at first ne all acted as effective as trying to write some foreign media, and not always you had on hand the test results after 15 minutes. There was no “indiscriminate testing” and wanting to “just check” often asked to wait, if no symptoms so as not to overload the laboratory and not to delay the processing of the results of those who really need it immediately to check. But a roughness was eventually fixed, and now everything works very well.

of Course, very helpful system for tracking all contacts of patients, which were created and debugged at the outbreak of MERS. Gradually it was improved when a single database reduced the data coming from all mobile operators, data companies, issuing Bank cards and if necessary, make use of surveillance cameras. In the end, is quickly determined by those who threatened in the first place, they are tested and isolated. Relevant information about where walking around infected, is laid out in open access and communicated on a mobile phone anyone who lives in the area or passing through the area. So you can quickly check if you were a carrier of infection somewhere randomly together, for example, in the same restaurant and should you take the time to do a test COVID-19.

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On the experience of five years ago the government of Korea has learned that the lack of information very quickly filled with rumors, and often very wild and improbable, but which spread even faster than the virus. Because from the very beginning, the media began to get the detailed information from official entities. the initially held Briefings twice a day, and then their frequency decreased to once, but still they are a hedgehogevery day, more detailed information is available on the websites of the agencies involved. In the end, journalists and all those interested have the necessary basic information. However, in parallel to the power led and counter rumours that still arise and exist.

were actively working with public opinion and the media in terms of creating understanding of what COVID-19 – this is a common problem, and therefore it can be solved only together. Not to say that Koreans follow all the recommendations unquestioningly and with absolute accuracy, but in society there is an understanding at least the vast majority that it is necessary to comply with the regulations – to wear masks, wash hands, refuse collection, etc., that is in the common interest. Incidents of egregious violations of media very quickly replicate, and clear attitude to such deeds they condemn, that creates the appropriate background. In General, Koreans are more inclined to listen to the recommendations of the government and authorities than people in some other countries. In this respect, it is curious that with the coronavirus successfully cope now the first country “Confucian areal” – China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam. But this culture is characterized by respect for the authorities. Of course, that said the experience with MERS in 2015.

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If someone does not obey, the authorities after a warning react strongly. There should not be any illusions: the law-abiding, if necessary, ensures effective operation of the apparatus of coercion. The lack of mass austerity measures, probably due to the fact that the authorities managed to catch the virus and localizeVAT in the same Tegu, not allowing to spread across the country. Otherwise, as seen, if the epidemic swept the whole of Korea, we would have seen and stiff penalties for lack of masks and arrests forced isolation for minor violations of regime and more. When necessary, the authorities of Korea can accomplish this.

There are surely other factors that contributed to the successful struggle of South Korea with a coronavirus – the virtual absence of land borders, across which there is active movement of people, the approaching parliamentary elections, forcing the government to focus on resolving crisis, presence near North Korea, which always keeps the relevant authorities “in good shape”, including in terms of preparedness for a possible world Cup and stuff, but they rather play a secondary role. I think the important thing is that the Koreans were able to previously go through a similar situation, “took my lumps” and, most importantly, was able to draw the correct conclusions. In the end – for one beaten two unbeaten give. This is what we see in the case of South Korea.