How lessons learned from the 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak affected the response to coronavirus disease 2019 in the Republic of Korea

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Yang , T U , Noh , J Y , Song , J-Y , Cheong , H J & Kim , W J 2021 , ' How lessons learned from the 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak affected the response to coronavirus disease 2019 in the Republic of Korea ' , Korean journal of internal medicine , vol. 36 , no. 2 , pp. 271-285 . https://doi.org/10.3904/kjim.2020.371

Title: How lessons learned from the 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak affected the response to coronavirus disease 2019 in the Republic of Korea
Author: Yang, Tae Un; Noh, Ji Yun; Song, Joon-Young; Cheong, Hee Jin; Kim, Woo Joo
Contributor organization: Faculty of Medicine
University of Helsinki
Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Korean journal of internal medicine
ISSN: 1226-3303
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3904/kjim.2020.371
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330484
Abstract: The Republic of Korea (ROK) experienced a public health crisis due to Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2015 and is currently going through the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Lessons learned from the disastrous MERS outbreak were reflected in the preparedness system, and the readiness capabilities that were subsequently developed enabled the country to successfully flatten the epidemic curve of COVID-19 in late February and March 2020. In this review, we summarize and compare the epidemiology and response of the ROK to the 2015 MERS outbreak and the COVID-19 epidemic in early 2020. We emphasize that, because further COVID-19 waves seem inevitable, it is urgent to develop comprehensive preparedness and response plans for the worst-case scenarios of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simultaneously strengthening healthcare capacity to endure the peak demand and implementing smart strategies to sustain social distancing and public hygiene are necessary until safe and effective therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19 are available.
Subject: Communicable diseases
emerging
Disease outbreaks
Control
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
COVID-19
SOUTH-KOREA
ACE2
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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