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The COVID-19 is a dangerous disease that might take away human lives. Of the 214 countries where the disease occurred, the Republic of Korea is ranked up to the 75th in terms of case and death rates.
The most common symptoms of the corona virus are fever, dry cough and fatigue.
Other symptoms can be various, including the loss of smell and taste, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache and diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild but progressive.
The Corona virus mainly spreads with the respiratory nasal mucus which is produced when a person infected with the virus exhales, coughs or sneezes.
It moves to people who pass by the carrier. When they touch their mouth, nose or eyes, it comes into the victim’s body t hrough mucous membranes.
Most of the infected patients experience mild symptoms, but it could be only mild in the early stages of the disease.
It is a really big problem that there are some patients who just cough or who do not feel any symptoms at all.
They can be a carrier.
Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that anyone can be a patient and/or a carrier.
This asymptotic transmission makes medical researchers puzzled, even though they are working hard to know how to tackle the COVID-19.
It has been reported recently that most new cases are related to Sarang Jeil Church located in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. The number of confirmed cases from this church has r eached around 1, 000.
The Seoul city government is trying to collect samples of everyone who contacted with Sarang Jeil church members and visitors. Some of them
are not very cooperative.
The virus moved from them t o their family members who took their turn to pass the virus to coworkers at work who became a carrier to their friends and relatives, making manifold vicious cycles.
The COVID-19 took more than 300 lives in Korea. We know the number.
The virus is spread through the air. We know the fact.
Nevertheless, not a few people still go out and go out more frequently.
Some local governments issued an order to close temporarily coin singing rooms, PC rooms, bars, and other places where we would like to hang out. The Jeonju University will go on-line for the first three weeks of the fall semester. (It is time to check our smart phone and Wi-Fi connection to study in distance.)
Will it be over in three weeks?
Let us review what the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) recommends to fight the disease.
1. Wash your hands meticulously with soap under running water;
2. Cover your mouth and nose with sleeves when coughing or sneezing;
3. Avoid touching mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands;
4. Wear masks wherever you are out, indoors and outdoors, at all times;
5. Refraining from visiting crowded places;
6. Report immediately to a designated medical institution if you suspect infection.
The COVID-19 is spreading again throughout the country. Let us take the precautions and stay healthy.
by Park Jeonghyeon, Reporter
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