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Let's discuss this in more detail with Cho Dong-chan, a medical reporter.



Q. How do you evaluate the number of deaths in Korea?



[Cho Dong-chan / Medical reporter (specialist): It depends on what kind of data you use.

The U.S. has the highest number of deaths from coronavirus, with 1 million.

The UK is in 7th place with 164,000 people.

Japan ranks 34th with 27,000 people.

Korea ranks 52nd with 13,902 people.

If you look at the countries where statistics are collected, it is the lowest level.

However, on the 10th of this month, in terms of the average number of confirmed cases per week per 1 million people and the number of deaths per day, it overtook the United States, which is the number one cumulative death toll.

It is ranked 3rd or 4th in the world, and this is why it is evaluated as the worst in the world.

But how many deaths among the confirmed cases, this is the fatality rate.

Even if the death toll is high, the number of confirmed cases will be much lower.

The cumulative fatality rate in Korea is 0.13%.

That's just one-ninth of 1.2% of the US.

That's why the government says it's stable.

It depends on which indicator you are looking at and the period of time, but the recent death trend seems to be serious.]



Q. Reinforcing social distancing?



[Cho Dong-chan / Medical reporter (specialist): Let's look at Hong Kong, which has implemented a zero-corona policy with strong distance.

The death toll per million people in the past two years was the lowest in the world, but this month it has risen to the highest in the world.

It has been analyzed that Omicron's radio wave power is so strong and the citizens feel tired from the continued distance and are not cooperating anymore.

It seems that social distancing is no longer a measure.]



Q. How to manage the dead?



[Cho Dong-chan/Medical Reporter (specialist): The group with the highest mortality rate is over 60, but we should focus on the high-risk group over 60.

Prescribing treatment promptly.

The emergency transport system should also be checked.

However, there is one thing going backwards in the government policy. Those in their 60s or older and those with weakened immunity who are confirmed in the hospital rapid test will be removed from the intensive care group from tomorrow (25th).

The government explains that if there is an abnormality, you should conveniently call the hospital you attended.

There seems to be a bit of a problem because the management of the medical institution, which receives the basic twice a day, disappears.]



Q. What are the measures for the underlying disease?



[Cho Dong-chan / Medical reporter (specialist): I will show you a chest X-RAY of a dialysis patient with Corona.

The lungs, which should have been black, turned white and filled with inflammation.

I stayed at home during the quarantine period and went to the intensive care unit after the quarantine was lifted.

I had to get dialysis 3 times a week, but it was difficult to find a dialysis room, so I only got it once.

Paxrovid was contraindicated, so I could not even eat it.

What would have happened if you received proper dialysis and received a prescription for Lagevrio that even dialysis patients can eat?

It seems that elderly people with underlying diseases should be properly treated for their original disease and secure a variety of drugs that can be administered to high-risk groups.]



(Video editing: Kim Jong-mi, CG: Kang Yu-ra and Kang Kyung-rim)

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