South Korea’s Efficient COVID Response 

It’s the last month of 2020 and the closing of the year that introduced Covid-19 into our lives. Our executive director, Leah, was in South Korea over the last couple of weeks. She shares her experience with being in a country that is managing Covid quite effectively. Read her story below:

“I spent the last two weeks in Korea. I had heard stories of how well Korea is managing the COVID pandemic, but there was a difference between hearing, seeing, and experiencing. It was impressive!

South Korea is 23rd in the ranking of population density. 51 million people live in an area the size of Portugal, or the state of Indiana. Seoul, the capital city, is the world’s 6th with population density. It is amazing how they put COVID under control with so far only 526 deaths, or 0.00001% of the population. How did they manage without a lockdown? The subway during rush hour is packed with people. Stores are open, people go to the office, and everyone goes on about their business.

The success lies in multiple factors but what I concluded as the most critical are:

  1. Masks: Everyone wears masks in public. Companies provide masks to employees and visitors. People wear a mask all day long at work.
  2. Testing: Government encourages people to test and companies also provide frequent, random testing. It’s asymptomatic people who spread the virus, not the ones who are feeling symptoms.
  3. Air Purifiers: The subways have high-efficiency air purifiers, as well as buildings. Individuals also have them in their homes. It keeps indoor air clean and safe, even during the winter.”

Leah Zveglich, Executive Director

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