The keys to Asian success in the face of the coronavirus

DECRYPTION – Of all the developed countries in the world, the nations of East Asia are the ones that have handled the Covid-19 pandemic best even though they have elderly populations. Here are some reasons for their success.

Some Asian countries have better managed the health crisis, quickly adopting a number of measures.
Some Asian countries have better managed the health crisis, quickly adopting a number of measures. Naoki Nishimura / Naoki Nishimura / AFLO

● The experience of SARS and the Seas

The Asian countries which have had the quickest and most frank reaction to Covid-19 are those which have been shaken by the two previous epidemics of coronavirus, the SARS which left China in 2003 and the Seas which had emerged in the Middle Orient in 2012 and arrived in South Korea in 2015. These two epidemics resulted in few deaths, 774 and 866 respectively, but the very rapid spread of these deadly viruses, especially by air, had very severe impacts on the economies . And the people remember it.

● Frank and quick reactions

This is a principle directly dictated by the exponential spread of a new virus: to stop the epidemic, we must act quickly, decisively. After a chaotic start in January, and the temptation to hide the gravity of the situation, China then reacted without hesitation. The rapid quarantine of Wuhan and its region, followed by the containment of hundreds of millions of Chinese allowed

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