China virus is currently the hot topic in the world as WHO (A useless entity) has declared it a pandemic.
I’d like to talk about it a little as a South Korean.
In South Korea, the china virus isn’t a big deal and I can tell you why the infection rate has already flattened out.
For Koreans, wearing a face mask has been norm for several years. It is due to “micro dust” in heavy urban environment. It’s basically pollution + dust that get into your lungs and cause issues as you age.
Health officials have been raising awareness for micro dust for over a decade and it is norm for us to wear a medical mask when going out.
Therefore, when china virus hit the nation, spread was low. Most of people who were infected by the virus belong to a cult in a region called Daegu. Outside of that cult, almost no one has got it. Even if others carry the virus, it seems almost none show any serious symptoms.
There have been few who seemed healthy die from it but their number is low enough to call oddity.
As of April 2nd, those who are infected with corona virus are foreigners who have come aboard. S.Korea has never shut its air routes because it’d kill our economy. As the virus seems to affect elderly (and to an extend smokers) more than anyone else, it is perhaps better to let the economy keep going instead of putting heavy burden on working population by shutting everything down.
So, I agree with our government’s stance on not shutting everything down.
As long as you wear a mask, the risk of infection is very low. When Korean government told us to wear masks, we were already wearing’em.
I also believe Korean diet has a part in this as fermented food (kimchi) has proven effective against flu-like illness. SARS was an example.
I also believe culture has a part in this as well. Skin contact between Koreans is culturally minimal. We don’t shake hands or hug others. A kiss on cheek is almost never done even among married couples.