Why South Korea’s Death Rate Is Lower Than U.S.
Posted on April 9th, 2020


The U.S. and South Korea confirmed their first coronavirus patients on the same day. Yet South Korea is containing its outbreak while cases in the U.S. have soared. South Korea learned from its traumatic experience with its MERS outbreak in 2015. But, this time, the country has contained COVID-19 with its Trace, Test, Treat” program (and a little help from K-pop megastars, BTS). More than 350,000 South Koreans were tested by the end of March. The country hasn’t seen the lockdowns that are in place in the rest of the world. Despite an outbreak traced back to patient 31” and a cluster centering around the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, South Korea managed to flatten the curve of infections. Now its policies are being praised as the gold standard of dealing with coronavirus. What can the U.S. learn from South Korea’s handling of the crisis? Is it already too late? And how are the two countries set up differently going into this unprecedented health crisis?

2 Responses to “Why South Korea’s Death Rate Is Lower Than U.S.”

  1. Vaisrawana Says:

    Trace, Test, Treat approach meticulously carried out was the secret of this success story. Too much misplaced attention to the protection of civil liberties (misconceived democracy) as that found in the West, particularly in the US, would have scuttled the effort, but the culture of the South Koreans helped.

  2. aloy Says:

    The high commissioner of UK has issued a warning to the UK citizens to leave Sri Lanka immediately. Has he got some intelligence reports that there is going to be another attack like the 21/4 or just asking his country men to show solidarity with their people in the UK who are dying in scores and to show their bravery?.

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