COVID-19 hit South Korea, US on the same day, yet reaction time differed

COVID-19 hit South Korea, US on the same day, yet reaction time differed

While the US and South Korea detected their first case of COVID-19 on Jan 20, South Korea trounced the US in the race to test people. Within two weeks South Korea’s CDC approved a diagnostic test. By the end of February, South Korea has in place drive-through screening centers. 290,000 people have been tested since. In the US, about 60,000 tests have been run owing to delayed and chaotic testing.

Nomad
Nomad
Hannibal
Hannibal 2 months

Smaller and more compact country, ethnically homogeneous, centralized healthcare system, more centralized government, and test kits US medical experts STILL doubt the effectiveness of. The newspapers are really pushing for centralization of healthcare. And yet South Korea is waiting for America and Germany in the race for a vaccine!

Schplook
Schplook 2 months

There is a lot of uncertainty right now. There are so many variables, it's difficult to make accurate predictions or comparisons of the two countries (USA, Korea) right now. I suspect the relative impacts will only become clear in time, possibly months from now. I live in Korea, and it appears that infections have peaked and are heading down. They could easily spike again, but my guess is they're not going to get out of control. As for the US, the graphs I've seen are rising sharply. But who knows where they'll peak. As I said, it's too early to tell. This site seems to be a good resource for tracking the spread of the virus and comparing countries: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

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