Living in Korea During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Advice for those in the United States


As of June 29th, 2020:


Ever since the coronavirus outbreak has really taken off in Korea, self-isolation has been the name of the game. Having talked with many friends in America about self-isolation recently, I have realized that many Americans are having a difficult time adjusting to life in a country heavily affected by Covid-19. In an effort to paint a mental picture for any curious readers, this is a glimpse into my self-isolation experience during the coronavirus:


For weeks, South Korea was the country with the second-highest number of confirmed cases outside of China. During that time, the most striking thing I have noticed was that people weren’t panicking. It’s not that people here weren’t worried. They were worried. They are still worried. But they aren’t panicking, and that’s a big difference. Don’t panic. That’s my best advice.

That’s about it.

Despite the situation, I have no plans to leave Korea because of the virus. My day to day life isn’t exactly thrilling, but right now I’ll take repetitive and healthy over exciting and sick. I’ll make it through this just like you will. Be smart and stay safe out there.

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