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The big lesson from South Korea’s coronavirus response

Testing and tracing were the key to slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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In South Korea, citizens have flattened the curve of the novel coronavirus — and it’s because of lessons they learned from fighting the MERS outbreak in 2015. Through a combination of aggressive and widespread testing measures, along with a system know as “contact tracing,” they’ve been better positioned to spot the path of the virus and curb its spread. While they are still vigilant for a second wave of Covid-19 cases, people in South Korea are slowly returning to public life. Watch the video above to find out how their testing and contact tracing measures work, and how it can be a lesson for countries still in lockdown.

You can learn more about the 205 MERS outbreak in South Korea and the lessons learned from it here:

If you are interested in the first reported cases in Wuhan, China you can check out their public announcement here:

This Reuters Graphics piece has a great timeline and visualization of the coronavirus clusters in South Korea:

You can read South Korea’s Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act to learn more about the tools the government has at its disposal to request location information during outbreaks here:

To learn more about Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong’s handling of the coronavirus check out this TIME article:

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