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Consider what just happened in South Korea, where global top-20 attendance park Lotte World has had to close following a visitor testing positive for Covid-19. Korean media reports that a high school senior from Seoul who visited the park on June 5 reported that she had tested positive for the virus.
South Korean officials have been reacting aggressively to contain the virus ever since it first appeared in the nation. Lotte World closed for disinfection on Sunday and is planning to reopen on Wednesday. Officials also closed the student's school and ordered the immediate testing of students and faculty. The government also is working on contract-tracing everyone who was in the theme park during the hours that the student visited. Those individuals will be ordered to get tested and quarantine.
South Korea's aggressive use of contract tracing and testing is allowing the park to reopen after a few days, rather than being closed indefinitely as theme parks in America and around the world had to when the pandemic hit. But this incident should remind us that even as communities begin to see success in fighting Covid-19, this virus has not gone away and will keep flaring up until it is eradicated.
For a Biology professor's take on how the virus spreads - and how people can bets protect themselves and their communities - please see our post, The Risk in Reopening.Tweet
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