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COVID-19 and social distancing analysis with Dr. Alice Tan Updated: 2021-08-23 05:58:28 KST

Let's now move on to our new regular segment for Mondays, where we turn to a medical expert for a more in-depth diagnosis on the current issues surrounding COVID-19.
For this we have Dr. Alice Tan, Internist at MizMedi Women's Hospital via Skype.

Dr. Tan, thank you for joining us.

For more than the past month or so, the greater capital area in South Korea has been under the strictest social distancing measures at Level 4.
But new infections keep sprouting nationwide, which led to an extension and strengthening of these measures for another two weeks.
Before we get into details, Dr. Tan, what do you think is the main reason behind the constant spread?

Under the latest distancing rules that will take effect today, cafes and restaurants will have to close by 9 PM, an hour earlier than before.
And after 6 PM, only two people can meet, but there can be up to four if two are fully vaccinated.

Dr. Tan, how do you assess the new measures? How effective will they be in curbing the spread?

As we've mentioned, the latest measures will be in place for the next two weeks. But two weeks after that, in mid-September, the nation celebrates the Chuseok holidays, or Korean Thanksgiving.
How much longer do you expect the highest distancing level to continue?

Last time, we briefly touched upon the possibility of moving towards an era where we would have to live with COVID-19.
South Korea's health authorities changed its previous stance and said they may consider drawing up the "With Corona" plans in late September or October.
If the plan gets pushed through, it could mean putting a stop to counting daily new infections, scrapping mass contact tracing and the resumption of large gatherings.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think its too early?

Alright, its time for us to wrap up our discussion for this week, this was Dr. Alice Tan of MizMedi Women's Hospital.
Dr. Tan, thank you so much for your wonderful insights, we will see you again next week.

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