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Special Interview Drive Throu Updated: 2020-03-24 10:40:27 KST

S. Korea’s COVID-19 testing facilities
capture the spotlight of foreign media

The first drive-through testing centers set up on Mar. 23,
at Gyeongbuk National University Hospital in Chilgok

The first to devise the idea of drive-through testing
Doctor in charge of treating S. Korea’s first COVID-19 patient
KIM Jin-yong / Dept. of Internal Medicine, Incheon Medical Center

Q. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING?

Testing at a medical facility can only take place once every 30 minutes to an hour for each person, but drive-through testing allows us to conduct each test in under 10 minutes. We can also set up multiple lanes to speed up the process even more.

When testing saliva samples, we simply give people a container that they can spit in while their windows are rolled down, which is then given back to us, so it is relatively safe.

KIM Jin-yong / Dept. of Internal Medicine, Incheon Medical Center
First person to propose drive-through testing methods

Q. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING
During the early stages of the outbreak here in Korea, there was a need to conduct tests quickly due to the rapid spread of the virus.

As part of my personal research, I studied the concept of Point of Dispensing (POD), which are facilities used to distribute medicine in the event of a biological terror attack. In the process of determining those sites, I realized that it could also be located outdoors, and that disease testing could also be conducted in a similar manner. But, instead of carrying out tests in an enclosed area, such as a trailer or a container, I thought doing so in the open air would provide natural ventilation and prevent the virus from spreading to other people. Even if the person is infected, they are isolated within their own vehicles, so I figured it would not be a problem.

United States / United Kingdom / Germany / Belgium / Denmark / Australia
Countries around the world scrambling
to adopt drive-through testing

Q. ADVICE FOR OTHER COUNTRIES ADOPTING DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING

Although testing is quick, there is a risk of cross-sample contamination.

Therefore, it is very important to constantly change your gloves and covers after they have been used to test a person.

The weather is getting warmer now and summer will arrive soon. People being tested may be feeling irritable in higher temperatures and that is something to be careful about.

Q. NEED FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

It is sad news that the COVID-19 outbreak is escalating rapidly in the United States, particularly in New York City where the number of patients is rising at a similar rate as was seen at the onset of the outbreak in Wuhan, China. I have been in e-mail contact with a doctor based in New York City over the weekend to talk about how patients are being treated there. Before the outbreak, it took months for medical findings to be published in a research paper, but now they have to shared on a near-daily basis on the spot. Also, how can we utilize the world’s limited resources in an effective manner? That is also an important question that deserves serious consideration. We have a limited pool of material, human and intellectual resources and I believe it’s important to use them in a productive manner.

Q. A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL’S ENTREATY
It has now been three months since the world came to learn of the existence of COVID-19. During that time, scholars, doctors and researchers from all across the globe have worked tirelessly to try and better understand the virus. However, some countries have failed to properly respond to the outbreak despite their wealth of expertise, and the developed world is no exception.

Instead of giving into exaggerated fears, we must find a way to return back to our normal lives by following the recommendation of government authorities and experts, while continuing to practice safe social distancing measures. That is the path we must take moving forward.#

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