Covid vs South Korea, what they did differently!
Just read this article regarding how South Korea is apparently battling and winning this war. From the very conception of this virus, one wonders, if deaths Could have been prevented. The possibility if 200,000 deaths is horrific. Just wish the USA, with all it’s world class scientific and medical prowess, would have done the same As South Korea! In a nutshell: Early Testing, ongoing public info, country unity and social distancing seem to have paid off! Now it’s time for USA to learn...
Since its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in late January, South Korea has shown a determination in the face of the virus that appears to be paying off. From a sudden spike in the number of cases to its decision to implement widespread testing, South Korea has shown itself able to respond quickly and decisively.
Although the rapidity with which COVID-19 took hold in South Korea initially surprised authorities, well-established strategies were soon put into place.
“But you need to plan and to stay one step ahead,” says Foreign Minister Kang. “We took an all-government approach. The Prime Minister created a task force of all government ministries and, crucially, all regional and city governments, too – we are a very devolved democracy.”
This joined-up strategy, involving the different regional authorities around the country soon paid off.
“When one region ran out of hospital beds we asked other provinces to open up beds in their hospitals. When it ran out of doctors we asked doctors in other regions to help,” she continues.
Foreign Minister Kang also explains that being open with people and securing their trust is vitally important. “The key to our success has been absolute transparency with the public – sharing every detail of how this virus is evolving, how it is spreading and what the government is doing about it, warts and all.”