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Experts warn that Covid-19 has not yet peaked in Korea

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec13,2023 #Covid #Experts #Korea
Experts warn that Covid-19 has not yet peaked in Korea 3
Experts warn that Covid-19 has not yet peaked in Korea 3

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) today said that the country recorded 161 new cases of nCoV infection, bringing the total number of infected people to 763, of which 7 people died.

Korean health experts believe that the exponential increase in the number of infected people in recent days shows that the country has missed the `golden time` to control the epidemic and that Covid-19 may continue to break out on a large scale.

`South Korea missed the moment when the government or KCDC could control the epidemic on its own,` said Kim Dong-hyun, president of the Korean Epidemiological Society and a preventive medicine expert at Hallym University of Medicine.

Ambulances lined the streets in Daegu on February 23.

Peck Kyong-ran, an infectious disease expert at Samsung Medical Center and head of the Korean Infectious Diseases Society, said that the alarming increase in unexplained infections shows that people have

`This is a really urgent issue, so we ask people to cancel all unnecessary meetings or large gatherings. Please stay at home as much as possible, at least until the speed stops.`

South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday announced that the country had raised the nCoV warning to the `highest level` in the context that the Covid-19 epidemic was `going through a dangerous turning point`.

For about a month since the first case was reported on January 20, South Korea focused on isolating all patients in negative pressure rooms and monitoring people who had come into contact with them.

`It is necessary to change the response strategy from control to mitigation, because exposure in the community is inevitable during this period,` said Choi Won-seok, professor of infectious diseases at Korea Medical University.

Park Jin-hui, deputy director of the emergency center at Inha University Hospital, said that hospitals are facing difficulties because of a lack of human and material resources to deal with the epidemic.

`We have only been through a month of the outbreak and hospitals have run out of space to receive more patients with symptoms of fever and respiratory infections, who need to be isolated from other patients,` Mr. Park said.

This makes many hospitals unable to receive treatment for other seriously ill patients.

Song Joon-young, an infectious disease expert at Guro University Hospital, southwest of Seoul, said that if medical facilities run out of beds, people with mild infections may have to be quarantined.

`That’s why measures such as washing hands and wearing masks are extremely important. If our health system is overloaded and collapses, people will not be able to expect much,` Mr. Song said.

Experts warn that Covid-19 has not yet peaked in Korea

Health workers spray disinfectant at the market in Daegu city on February 23.

`We will not be able to cope with the current crisis if individuals do not follow the recommendations given,` said Ki Moran, director of the emergency response committee of the Korea Preventive Medicine Agency.

Ms. Ki added that anyone with flu-like symptoms should not leave home, especially people over 65 years old and people with pre-existing illnesses.

Health experts also advise people to wash their hands and cover their mouths when coughing, disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces, keep rooms well ventilated, avoid meetings and large gatherings, and limit exposure to the elderly.

`We are just starting to see the outbreak begin to spread across the country. But the above safety recommendations can help us reduce the risk. It is difficult to realize if you or someone else is infected in the early stages,

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