What Happened When a Country Was Quarantined and Locked Down Due to a Coronavirus Outbreak

Initially the coronavirus outbreak started with 186 persons and 38 died, a ghastly shocking mortality rate of 20.4%.  A public health emergency was considered.

Right away World Health Organization (WHO) authorities realized doctors weren’t prepared to manage such an urgent situation.  Patients were crowded in emergency rooms and multibed hospital rooms; family members visited freely, facilitating a second spread of the virus.  Doctors narrowly focused on treating patients rather than managing the epidemic from a larger point of view.

The socioeconomic impact of the outbreak was great. Yet the numbers of infections and deaths from coronavirus were smaller than the numbers from tuberculosis or seasonal influenza.

In spite of this fact, the public’s perceived threat caused by coronavirus was much more serious than those of other infectious diseases. The coronavirus epidemic was a simple public health problem at that time that was to be minimized, but revealed vulnerabilities in the overall economy and society beyond the health sector of the country.  The country as a whole viewed itself under a life-and-death threat. Yet immediately over its borders, life was normal.  The infectious viral epidemic soon became a social epidemic, fueled by modern electronic communication (twitter, other  social media).

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