South Korea

By August 22, 2020 Commentary

South Korea was a coronavirus “success” story.  Crushed the virus early.  Guess what, it is back.  See the chart.  Still not a lot of cases, considering the population, so the ongoing closings of beaches, bars, etc. seems overdone.  But it is another reminder that this isn’t going away, no matter what.  And you can try to suppress it, but at what cost?  And how much serious illness are you actually avoiding at this point?  And how much harm are you doing by suppression measures?  Let it run, protect the relatively small part of the population that is actually at risk.  Get yourself to Sweden’s situation, with fewer deaths by doing what we know will protect the vulnerable.  Oh, and did I mention, South Korea has one of the highest mask wearing rates in the world.

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  • Ellen says:

    Dr. Mikovits says the masks will cause more sickness. Vaxxed on FB. I don’t have FB but was able to hear her points anyway. https://www.facebook.com/vaxxed2/videos/1726454480835377/UzpfSTEwMDAwNzcxNzcyMDU1NDoyNzk3NjkzNDIzODMxMjIx/

  • Joe Lampe says:

    The average Korean buys 47 masks per year, almost one per week. It is a “cultural thing.” Typical surgical masks are intended for one-time use (maybe one day) in sterile environments. In the USA folks wear the same mask for 3-4 months or more. No sterilizing or replacing. There is no correlation between mask use and disease outcomes. And they have some adverse effects. Governments cannot control the virus with mask mandates.

  • SteveD says:

    The irony is that Sweden (also Iceland and Latvia) did not try for herd immunity although they were trying less hard not to get to it. They banned large gatherings and pretty much recommended everything that other countries mandated.

    Assuming lockdowns, social distancing and masks work, it seems common sense that once states and countries start opening up and/or easing up on the mandates, the virus will reemerge and there will be pressure to shut down again. This will keep occurring until eventually kicking and screaming they end up at herd immunity. The measures either don’t work, in which case it’s insane to have them at all or they work to some degree and simply delay the inevitable.

    That is unless the health experts and epidemiologists know something I don’t. I have not heard any of them try to counter this argument. So far as I know, no one has even tried to address it.

    One of the most frustrating things about this pandemic is that these experts never address critical questions. They do not explain their mandates and proclamations or are challenged to defend them. So there is no real debate and we never get any real answers.

    With respect to the mask issue, wearing them properly is probably one issue. I have a feeling, which I cannot prove nor do I even know how to design an experiment to prove it, that people who wear masks will relax social distancing and generally move closer together. This is my general experience in stores, at work, etc. and is anecdotal of course. But it may negate or even reverse any small mask benefit.

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