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There's a demonstrated way to avoid lockdowns and still stop the coronavirus' spread. South Korea has been doing it for months

Posted On: 30 May 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

There's a demonstrated way to avoid lockdowns and still stop the coronavirus' spread. South Korea has been doing it for months

South Korea has been lauded for its success in controlling its original coronavirus outbreak.
Like Sweden , the country never fully locked down. But South Korea's epidemic curve quickly dropped.
South Korea has tested widely and leveraged smartphone apps to share information with the public about where people with confirmed COVID-19 cases went.
It also leans heavily on contact tracing to contain new outbreaks: After infections were linked to nightclubs in Seoul, South Korea traced and tested 46,000 people in less than two weeks.
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Lockdowns help contain coronavirus outbreaks and prevent additional deaths - overwhelming scientific evidence supports the practice.
But it comes at a cost. Since most US states issued stay-at-home orders in March, the country's curve has flattened, but 40 million Americans have lost their jobs. Sweden, by contrast, didn't lock down or close schools and restaurants. But experts have criticized that approach , pointing to Sweden's...

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