South Korea and COVID

I highly highly VERY HIGHLY recommend that people read this thread on how South Korea deals with COVID.

Cultural differences are real. People are not widgets. This would never work in a Western country. All of the discussions about how well South Korea has dealt with the pandemic come either from idiots or from politically correct maniacs.

4 thoughts on “South Korea and COVID”

  1. The aspect that is not discussed is that there are many various strains of coronavirus, even the so-called SARS-CoV-2. The Chinese CDC identified two strains being transmitted in Wuhan early in the events there. Through autopsies they labelled one strains the L-strain” and the other the “S-strain”
    Quoting for more detail:
    “The researches have examined 103 coronavirus specimen and discovered that it underwent 149 mutations an evolved into two subtypes – S-and L-type. These subtypes were discovered in 101 specimen, and 70% of those were L-type, while 30% were S-type.
    The L-type is more virulent, the research says.
    The S-type coronavirus resembles more the virus found in bats. The researchers believe that the S-type is an “old” version of the coronavirus.
    During the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan, the L-type was widespread, but after the first week, its incidence reduced.”
    copied from: https://tass.com/world/1126545

    The matter not discussed is that the various locations or “hot spots” of coronavirus, Wuhan, S. Korea, northern Iran, Italy and New York City environs — are perhaps likely not the same virus. And the locations of much lesser incidence are a variant more like the ones that cause the common cold = much less virulent. The S. Koreans may have been informed, and the timing would suggest this, that “their” form of virus was the more virulent “L-type”

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  2. —Cultural differences are real. People are not widgets. This would never work in a Western country. All of the discussions about how well South Korea has dealt with the pandemic come either from idiots or from politically correct maniacs.

    I agree with the first part of this paragraph but not necessarily with the the second. Perhaps if the Westerners want to live*, whey will have to learn to be more like South Koreans or Taiwanese. I guess believing this makes me a politically-incorrect maniac.

    by “want to live” I am not implying that the virus is deadlier than it is. I am using “to live” in a broader sense, that includes a combination of decent physical health, decent economy, decent social life and decent psychological health.

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    1. What’s described in this thread about South Korea is not what I’d call life. South Koreans are welcome to it but I’d rather take my chances with the Wuhan Flu.

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  3. I like to tell people that if we want the US virus response to work as well as the South Koreans’… all we have to do is achieve a radically homogenous culture (so, we’d have to aggressively assimilate all immigrant and distinct domestic subcultural groups), have the police crack down very strictly on petty crime everywhere, until we achieve good population compliance with the law– and at the same time, achieve a terrific culture-wide trust in the police and government. And we’d need very, very strict immigration control. OK, go!

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