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Good News! South Korea Sending 600K Testing Kits To The U.S.

Believe it or not, South Korea is a success story during this COVID-19 coronavirus.

Reuters is reporting how they plan to ship 600,000 coronavirus testing kits To U.S. On Tuesday. That’s huge!

SOUTH KOREA HAS BEEN AHEAD OF THE CURVE

South Korea has demonstrated that a country can still operate relatively normally during an outbreak and avoid excessive lockdowns. As a result, Korea’s economy is still projected to grow this year. As long as you are prepared, it’s possible.

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I am still amazed by the fact that South Korea was able to flatten the curve without locking down the country during this pandemic. Looking at all other countries, you would understand how hard it is to control the situation without stopping people’s movement.

Keep in mind though that South Korea still has over 50 million people living there. If they can do this with that kind of population, I dare say most countries should be able to.

KOREA RESPONSE BETTER THAN CHINA

Korea was probably the only country that was reporting the number of COVID-19 cases with transparency. China was trying to cover up, and now they say they got it under control, but reports from people in China say otherwise. They are just not reporting correctly anymore. Same with Japan. Japan didn’t even test their citizens because of the fear of Olympic games being canceled. Now that it’s been postponed, they started testing people, and the number is increasing at a fearsome rate.

Trump made the request for testing kits in a telephone call on March 25 with President Moon Jae-in, as the United States was grappling with fast-growing outbreaks in many states.

A U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency cargo plane carrying the equipment is scheduled to leave at 10:30 p.m. (1330 GMT) on Tuesday, the official said on condition of anonymity due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue.

The kits were made by two of the three companies that secured preliminary arrival late last month from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the official said, but declined to name them.

The shipments will be handed over to and paid for by the U.S. government, while the additional 150,000 kits will be exported in the near future to be sold via an unspecified local retailer, the official said. [Reuters]

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On the video at the 7:40 clip, there’s a mistake on what Vox described. Korea has a lower population than some countries, but its population density is one of the highest in the world, which means the virus has a higher chance of spreading faster.

ON THE GROUND KOREAN FEEDBACK

I had to ask a military friend of mine in South Korea about the situation over there and he was straightforward with me about why that country was able to get out of the COVID-19 snafu due to their social expectations.

He told me whenever there is a crisis, it is a social norm to comply with whatever is best for the common good, and those who refuse tend to be scolded. Example: when the Asian financial crisis hit in the late 1990s, people voluntarily stopped any activities that involve wasting their country’s dollars (i.e., traveling abroad, buying foreign-branded items).

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They even started a “foreign currency collecting movement,” which was to scrap any foreign currencies that they have at home and donate to the government. What the Western nations have to focus on is to pursue what would be the best for the greater good rather than worrying about individual human rights in times of crisis.

Yes, this is the 21st century, but it is in times like this that people need to comply and fight for the greater benefit for the entire population.

I’m sure the government has done a great job by tracking the infected and providing masks and etc, but I think people doing the biggest job right now are Korean doctors. They work so much harder than what they actually get. They deserve to be praised at this time of the crisis, but they have always deserved that even before this pandemic.

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Wayne Dupree

Wayne is a freelance writer who was named the 2015 American Conservative Union Blogger of the Year and awarded the 2014 Podcast Of the Year; Best in Show. He has over 160K followers on Twitter (@WayneDupreeShow) and over 300K followers on Facebook (@WayneDupreeShow). In 2016, he was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans by Newsmax.

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