A grim coronavirus situation in Italy
South Korea has first been an epicenter of the novel coronavirus when a religious group first reported a cluster of cases in the country's Daegu region, first reported infections. From there, the virus has spread like wildfire across the region, so far infecting 8,897 people and killing 104 individuals.
The reported cases in South Korea has started to ebb, thanks to the country's strategy – trace, test, and treat. South Korea focused more on mass testing to see who is infected, tracing everyone who has been in contact with confirmed cases, imposing self-quarantines, and treating those who are sick.
Nearly 20,000 people are being tested daily for coronavirus in South Korea, which is more people per capita than any country in the world.
The testing centers are located in hospital parking areas, where laboratories have become the front line. The government placed 96 public and private laboratories for coronavirus testing. Drive-thru testing centers have been set up, so people can just drive to get tested. There is no contact as they just roll down their windows, and the healthcare worker gets swab samples. Are lockdowns effective?
Lockdowns are effective since there is a limit in the movements of people in the affected region or country. Though community quarantines and lockdowns show promise in preventing the spread of the virus, the WHO says people should get tested.
When testing becomes rampant in an area, health authorities can quickly determine who is infected. They can prevent the virus from transmitting to other people through self-isolation measures.
In comparison, Italy has imposed lockdowns, but the worst-hit country in the world still sees a sharp increase in the number of infections. So far, the country has the highest death toll, with 5,476 deaths and 59,138 confirmed cases. The United States comes in second with 33,276 confirmed cases, while Spain, Germany, and Iran trail behind with 28,768, 24,873, and 21,638 cases, respectively.
Social distancing, proper hygiene, and avoiding crowds are still useful measures to prevent infection. Ryan also said that severe vaccines are currently being developed, with the U.S. starting the first trial. Though, he said it might take about a year before a vaccine becomes available.
During this time, it is crucial to maintain health measures, such as lockdowns in the most affected countries, to prevent further spread of the virus. The virus has taken a toll on the economies of many nations, loss of jobs for many workers, and loss of lives among front liners and health workers. Sources:
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