As COVID-19 spreads in communities, S. Koreans urged to act ‘responsibly’

the kobe 19 outbreak in the nation has
entered a state of community-based transmission meaning more cases where a
contact tracing is impossible what’s important at times like these are not
only government measures but public awareness adhering to individual health
guidelines basic etiquette and cooperating with authorities
jonghyun explains further the epidemic in South Korea has started to explode
through community transmission at least 53 more cases have been confirmed in
just 24 hours and there are fears that the spread of the virus could lead to
mass infection in some areas we’ve come to a situation where we don’t know who
infected who the fact that someone around me might be infected scares me
the most so I tell my family to stay away from areas with many people hegu
and the neighboring Hong Sangu province in the southeast of the country have
seen more than half of the total confirmed cases in Korea at the center
of the spread in the region is Korea’s 31st patient a 6 year old woman is being
suspected of infecting more than 30 people at her church a branch of a new
religious movement known as Shin Chon to church of Jesus she has also come into
contact with hundreds of people after controversially refusing to be tested
twice for the virus almost two weeks ago experts say the public’s cooperation is
needed to minimize the spread of the outbreak Cobin 19 can spread easily not
only patients but also those who have been in contact with them must cooperate
with the health authorities and follow instructions this kind of assistance is
crucial to protect not only one’s health but the health of other people while the
government and medical teams have led countermeasures so far now it’s up to
the whole society to tackle the virus without the community’s direct and
active cooperation experts say there’s a limit to how much we can stop the virus
as there’s no vaccine at the moment regular citizens must refrain from
leaving the house when having symptoms like coughs fever and a sore throat you
should wear a mask when you go out to block even the small possibility of
passing around the virus after visiting a crowded place washing
hens for 30 seconds is a must once individuals follow health rules
there’s no need to fear going to public places he added people with suspicious
symptoms should refrain from visiting hospitals but rather call one three
three nine and follow instructions individual measures by regular citizens
are just as important as government efforts in stopping the virus from
spreading experts say a mature sense of citizenship is needed now more than ever
Choi Jong Hyun Arirang news


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