What Can We Learn From Other Countries Opening Up During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
Many countries are debating when or how to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. A few countries have successfully managed to control the spread of the virus using similar methods as each other. However, their stories for returning to normal are different and show how hard it is to bounce back. Everyone must take cautious steps to prevent their progress from going down the drain.
The world is watching countries like South Korea and Germany and rethinking their processes to reopen. Countries that may have COVID-19 under control reveal that life will never be the same. What are the valuable lessons from their experiences? Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the countries that are opening up during the COVID-19 outbreak.
China: Extreme Measures Can Help Beat the Virus
China has taken brutal yet necessary actions to contain the virus. As cases dropped, the country lifted the lockdown in major cities, including the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, Wuhan. Some of the country’s effective protocols are still used after lockdown, such as free and accessible testing, contact tracing, regular cleaning and communicating the seriousness of the virus to the public.
Germany: Be Creative While Social Distancing
Germany’s rapid response to the pandemic is a teachable moment for the world. However, the country has also inspired us to be creative while showing us we can have fun and be safe at the same time. One of its viral examples happened when the country threw a massive drive-in rave.
South Korea: Always Remain Vigilant
After weeks of enforcing strict lockdowns, widespread testing and rigorous contact tracing, South Korea recorded only a few new COVID-19 cases. That number went down to zero on April 30. The victory led to relaxed social distancing, businesses reopening and even sports returning. South Korea successfully contained the outbreak, but the moment didn’t last long.
Hong Kong: Take Extra Precautions at Businesses
To keep gym-goers safe, Pure Fitness in Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay put up clear dividers to separate workout equipment. That’s not the only safety measure the facility is taking. Hong Kong gyms also have different sanitizing machines and even tools that clean cell phones using UV light. The cleaning crew wipes down the equipment more often as well. The rest of the world should expect to see similar practices at gyms.