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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, July 7, 2022 | 14:22
Korea may adopt pandemic exit plan after mid-March
The Korean government may adopt a pandemic exit plan after the Omicron wave peaks, which it believes will come in mid-March, revising quarantine measures toward a phased return to normalcy, according to Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol, Thursday. “Experts predict that the current wave will reach its peak in mid-March, after which, as seen in other countries, the number of infe...
Gov't eyes 'return to normalcy' despite snowballing infections
The government's drive toward a “return to normalcy” scheme, under which the coronavirus would be treated like an endemic disease, has drawn criticisms from medical experts who view it as “absurd and reckless” amid the skyrocketing number of infections.
Why eagerly awaited COVID-19 antiviral pills are sitting on shelves
Thousands of COVID-19 antiviral pills are sitting on the shelves of pharmacies amid an unexpected lack of demand for the tablets, which were initially hailed as a game changer in the battle against the pandemic. The easy-to-use pills were much anticipated as the best treatment option for patients undergoing home treatment, preventing high-risk groups from falling into critica...
Latest deaths expose blind spots in COVID-19 self-treatment scheme
The latest deaths of COVID-19 patients have exposed blind spots in the government's self-treatment scheme, prompting concerns that people undergoing home treatment may be unable to receive urgent medical attention. On Feb. 19, a 59-year-old man living alone in Gwanak District, Seoul, was found dead at his home, one day after he tested positive for the virus. His family called...
Rescued dogs sent overseas find new lives, 'forever families'
Adopting Kumi, a two-and-a-half-year-old Pomeranian mix rescued from a Korean dog meat farm, was a life-changing event for Diana Rodriguez, living in Virginia, the United States. Rescued in October 2020 from a dog farm in Haemi, South Chungcheong Province, Kumi was extremely traumatized when she arrived in the U.S. later that month. “Not only was she separated from her mother...
Accuracy of rapid antigen tests called into question
The accuracy of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits has been thrown into doubt as an increasing number of people are seeing false negatives after using the self-testing kits. The low accuracy of rapid tests is raising concerns, as asymptomatic patients who have tested negative with the tests may be spreading the virus unwittingly, fueling the record-breaking spread of infections...
'Adding fuel to fire': Experts denounce easing of social distancing measures
Medical experts have slammed the government for continuing to downplay the threat of the Omicron variant, including its latest decision to ease social distancing measures amid snowballing numbers of daily new infections, which reached another record high of 109,831 for Thursday, exceeding the 100,000 level for the first time, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevent...
NHIS' long-term care insurance to ease financial burden of aging society
Everyone gets old. And as people age, they are more likely to suffer from various medical conditions and diseases, leaving them in need of care and assistance in their daily lives. But the questions is, who will provide care and who will foot the bill? Care giving for seniors has traditionally been perceived as a duty of their family members. Sons and daughters were responsib...
Number of critically ill COVID-19 patients feared to rise
The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients and deaths is feared to rise beginning this week, following the soaring number of infections spurred by the Omicron variant sweeping across the nation. The coronavirus is showing no signs of abating here, with 57,117 new cases of infection added for Monday, yet another all-time high, according to the Korea Disease Control and Preve...
Children of multicultural backgrounds still face discrimination in schools
ANSAN, Gyeonggi Province - Gu Young-chan, 16, still remembers the first day when he moved to new school a few years ago. He was introduced as a “multicultural child” by his homeroom teacher in front of the whole class. “I immediately saw the uncomfortable looks on my classmates' faces, which made me feel nervous and awkward,” said Gu, whose mother is Chinese and father Korean...
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