Lessons From South Korea

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If suspected of infection, the patient is directed to a dedicated COVID-19 testing site. Those testing positive for COVID-19 receive medical care in a quarantined environment stop further infection. The South Korea COVID-19 Korean government announced it will cover all medical costs associated with dealing with COVID-19 for its citizens and foreigners living in the country. People infected with COVID-19 were given paid leave and the unemployed received basic living expenses.

Initially, South Korea struggled to respond promptly to contain COVID-19, which led to a spike in the number of infections in the country. In late February, South Korea soon became the country with the second-highest COVID-19 infections after China. Korea has since implemented several measures to effectively "flatten the curve" and provide timely medical care to the infected. Nations around the world are facing a similar rise in infections while their doctors and medical staff risk exposure without proper equipment and gear. At this critical juncture, this article provides a list of actions South Korea took in its fight against the virus that other countries may consider. Providing protective equipment to medical staff is the first step in the fight against the virus.

Listen to this episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know as Ben Bowlin, Matt Frederick and Noel Brown attempt to answer: Did a cult try to run South Korea? Former South Korean President Park Guen-hye has had in interesting life: Her father, President Park Chung-hee, gained power in 1961 after a military coup, but then decided that South Korea should be a democracy. His wife was assassinated in 1974 by a North Korean sympathizer, and Guen-hye assumed the duties of the first lady at the age of 22. Five years later, her father was assassinated in 1979 by his own chief of intelligence. It wasn't about North Korea this time, however; the head of the Korean CIA shot Chung-hee because he was afraid Chung-hee was being influenced by the charismatic religious leader Choi Tae-min.

Kwon Jun-wook, director of South Korea’s National Health Institute, said 623 cases have been linked to church members after the completion of some 3,000 tests. Police are pursuing around 600 church members who remain out of contact. Transmissions from the church have already spread through various places through the activities of members, including call centers, nursery homes and other churches.