South Korea did not close borders, but coped with the epidemic
South Korea did not close borders, but coped with the epidemic

How modern medicine and a progressive health care system have shaped the country's path.

South Korea did not close borders, but coped with the epidemic
South Korea did not close borders, but coped with the epidemic

Koreans have built a powerful health care system that has worked great during the pandemic. The country produces medical equipment and test systems, and the profession of a doctor is very prestigious. These factors helped to curb the growth of the sick and cure the infected.

The flash was extinguished in 2 weeks

The first cases were identified in January. The authorities immediately asked people to work from home and not gather in large groups. Nevertheless, at the end of February, a sharp outbreak of the disease was recorded - 909 people, the majority in the city of Daegu, the third largest in Korea. This could lead to disaster, but after 2 weeks the world saw the infection curve go down.

Today, the country's authorities are loosening social distancing rules, employees are returning to offices, and games are starting at stadiums. What's the secret to Korea's swift victory over the virus?

State campaign TRUST - openness of actions of the authorities and statistical data

During the outbreak, Korea launched the TRUST campaign, which stands for Trust. This is the principle of interaction between the government and the inhabitants of the country.

The campaign assumes:

  • full transparency of the actions of the authorities and statistics on the disease.
  • the responsibility that the government and each member of society take upon themselves by observing the necessary rules.
  • unification of public and private clinics in the diagnosis and fight against COVID-19.

3T strategy - find and cure

The 3T strategy means: trace - to trace a potential patient and his contacts, test - to make a test, treat - to cure.


The Korean government is closely monitoring those who have been in contact with the sick. Uses transaction history and GPS data on mobile phones.


As of April 7, specialists have performed more than 450,000 tests. On average, this is about 20,000 per day.


COVID-19 can present with mild or no symptoms. Early diagnosis helps to initiate treatment in the first stage. This increases the likelihood of recovery. The death rate from COVID-19 in Korea is very low - 1.85% (as of April 7).

Koreans realized that if all patients were placed in the same conditions, even the most reliable health care system would not be able to cope. To provide resources for severe patients, we created a Patient Management System. Doctors divide people into four groups depending on their condition and assign them to different medical institutions.

Supporting the economy - partial quarantine and open borders


Quarantine was introduced by location, and not in the entire city of Daegu. This allowed the economy to be sustained in a precautionary manner.

Korea did not close its borders, but introduced special measures to track arrivals. The procedure for a special entry into the country, self-diagnosis using a mobile application, a mandatory test and self-quarantine for 2 weeks helped to prevent the spread of the virus.

Telemedicine helps not to procrastinate

Telemedicine is an opportunity to consult with outstanding doctors in any clinic in the world. Online meetings are held in Israel and Germany.

In South Korea, doctors from Mediplex Sejong Cardiology Clinic, SAM Cancer Center, Inha Hospital in Incheon, Sarang Plas Hospital and many other clinics conduct appointments. Read about each of them here.

Orthopedists, cardiac surgeons, oncologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists communicate with patients. Already now, you can plan an examination or surgery, discuss the methods and time of treatment.

Cosmetology and plastic surgery gives new opportunities


Russians appreciate Korean specialists for their jewelry precision and impeccable work. The most popular areas are blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, lifting and lifting of the face and neck, liposuction, mammoplasty, and contouring. Practitioners of the Seoul Clinic of Plastic Surgery and Cosmetology View Plastic Surgery Clinic, VIP Plastic Surgery Kore, JK Plastic Surgery Center, Grand Plastic Surgery Korea will help you to understand modern methods of correcting your appearance and choose the procedure that is right for you.

Until the end of April, the Seoul View Plastic Surgery Clinic provides free video consultations. Doctors will meet with those who do not want to postpone their dream until later.

Surgeons will listen to wishes, study a medical record, answer questions, and dispel fears and doubts. They will share their vast experience of successful operations.

All information on clinics, treatment, cosmetology, spa and oriental medicine in Korea can be read on the website.

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