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Don't Be Patient 31

In South Korea, coronavirus was very well controlled, with the first case being reported on Jan. 20, 2020. This all changed until their 31st patient was reported. The outbreak grew and as of now, 8000+ cases and 75 deaths have been reported.

This person, also a woman, was in a minor car accident in Daegu, a city of more than 2 million people, and went to a hospital. She was not tested for coronavirus, and over the next couple of days she twice attended services at the Shincheonji Church in the city. Soon thereafter she began to develop a fever but continued her regular routine, including having lunch at a hotel buffet.

Two days after the lunch, on Feb. 17, she was tested and learned she had Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. It is not known how she contracted the virus.

In the days that followed, hundreds of the church’s parishioners would be diagnosed with Covid-19. Another dramatic spike in cases came from a county just outside Daegu, and health officials believe it’s connected to a funeral service attended by members of the Shincheonji Church.

This took place in South Korea where the population is very less than our country. In India, there are many more such patients who aren't careful about what they do. In such difficult time, don't ignore any symptoms you have and consult a doctor, immediately. Avoid contact with sick people and even though your immune system might be strong enough to fight the germs, don't contribute towards spreading it.

You can view updates of coronavirus cases by clicking here.

Here is a very nice explanation of how #Patient31 contributed in spreading the virus, made by Vox Media.

Here is a graphic by Reuters mapping the spread of coronavirus across the world.


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