S. Korea to Ease Social Distancing to Lowest Level, Retain Stronger Measures As Needed

South Korea has decided to lower the tough virus curbs in place across the country since late August on views that the numbers of cases are slowing; the country’s prime minister said Sunday, Yonhap reported.
The country designated two weeks ending that day as a special period for an intensive antivirus campaign; due to concerns; that new virus cases may resurge after back-to-back holidays; including a three-day Chuseok fall harvest holiday finish.
The country imposed the Level 2 social distancing measures, the second-highest on a three-tier system; in late August as cases spiked following a holiday and a mass rally that took place in central Seoul.

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces; as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds.

With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among¬†high-risk populations¬†and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Experts describe this as “flattening the curve;” which generally refers to the potential success of social distancing measures to prevent surges in illness that could overwhelm health care systems.