Testing on the move: South Korea's rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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The emergence of COVID-19 in South Korea, and the public and private sector response to it, serves as a valuable case study for countries facing similar outbreaks. This article focuses on how Korean health officials implemented drive-through and walk-through diagnostic testing, and extensive movement and contact tracing, to identify and inform exposed members of the public. Mobile applications from both government agencies and private developers played an important role in guiding people to testing centers, communicating movement trajectories of confirmed cases on digital maps, and tracking the health and movements of travelers and others at risk of exposure. This case study illustrates the importance of rapid adaptation of transportation infrastructure and location-based information technology to respond to public health crises, and how governments can learn from experimentation and past experience to accelerate these responses.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd.
Issue Date
2020-05
Language
English
Article Type
Letter
Citation

Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, v.5

ISSN
2590-1982
DOI
10.1016/j.trip.2020.100111
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/281319
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CE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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