CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC UPDATE: IN SOUTH KOREA, MORE PATIENTS HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 THAN PATIENTS CURRENTLY IN TREATMENT
South Korea must be doing something right. The south-east Asian country marked a new milestone on Saturday, as more coronavirus patients, 4,811 total, have been discharged than those currently undergoing treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
About 4,500 people still remain in isolation and are undergoing treatment.
Cases were first confirmed in South Korea on January 20, 2020, and spiked dramatically in the following months. A huge cluster was linked to a religious sect in Daegu, who got sick in February. But public health experts there say that the country has now managed to slow the tide and achieved a 50 percent recovery rate – a significant achievement.
South Korea has been routinely held up as one of the model countries for responding to the coronavirus outbreak and has been praised for very aggressively testing suspected patients at one of the highest rates in the world. Officials in Seoul are now preparing new guidelines to ease the megacity back into normalcy, a process that will be closely watched.
Western nations need to let go their ego. It’s time the world’s superpowers came down their high horse. South Korea has a lot to teach the rest of the world on Coronavirus. The sooner we asked them for help the better for the rest of us.