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Public health emergency and crisis management: Case study of SARS-CoV-2 outbreak

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posted on 06.04.2021, 10:58 by H Choi, Wonhyuk Cho, MH Kim, JY Hur
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused an unparalleled public health crisis, delivering an immense shock to humanity. With the virus’s health consequences largely unknown, different health systems around the globe have pursued various avenues of crisis management. South Korea, troubled early by the virus, was once the second most affected nation in the world. Arrays of measures in South Korea, such as large-scale diagnostic testing and technology-based comprehensive contact tracing, have brought about debates among public health experts and medical professionals. This case study describes the major cluster transmissions in SARS-CoV-2 hotspots in South Korea (such as a religious sect, a call center, logistics facilities, and nightclubs) and offers early observations on how South Korean public health authorities acted in response to the initial outbreak of the virus and to the new waves prompted by re-opening economies. We then discuss the way in which South Korea’s experience can act as a reference for shaping other countries’ public health strategies in pandemic crisis management.

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Choi, H., Cho, W., Kim, M. H. & Hur, J. Y. (2020). Public health emergency and crisis management: Case study of SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(11), 3984-3984. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113984

Journal title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

17

Issue

11

Publication date

01/06/2020

Pagination

3984-3984

Publisher

MDPI AG

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

04/06/2020

ISSN

1661-7827

eISSN

1660-4601

Article number

ARTN 3984

Language

en