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How South Korea flattened the curve

As other countries hurtle toward disaster, South Korea looks like the safer and smarter place to be. So what can other governments learn about how to handle coronavirus?

By Jean H Lee   May 2020

Careful testing and tracing has allowed South Korea to "flatten the curve." Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Prospect composite

South Koreans are an unabashedly social people. They live and work in close quarters and love to eat family-style. They’re among the world’s biggest drinkers, and sharing shot glasses is part of the etiquette. The communal joie de vivre is a big part of what makes South Korea so vibrant. 

That density and the propensity to socialise are also dangerous breeding grounds for a contagion like the coronavirus. And it may be why Covid-19, first detected…

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