S. Korea's 'drive-thru' test centers provide quick, safe way to check for COVID-19
Updated: 2020-03-19 13:28:38 KST
"South Korea's drive-thru test centers for COVID-19 have provided a quick and easy way to get checked for the virus. But the medical staff say drivers must come alone with no passengers."
"The coronavirus spreads through dropletsso if you have someone else in the car, that person could get infected. That's why we only accept drivers visiting by themselves."
The installation of drive-thru test centers is one of the major reasons behind how South Korea has been able to take samples from almost 300-thousand people in less than two months.
There are around 70 drive-thru test centers in operation across the country.
And, since the driver stays inside the vehicle throughout the whole process,it limits direct contact with medical staff.
Also, hospitals don't have to worry about any possible encounters between patients with COVID-19 symptoms, and those visiting for other reasons.
But safety is not the system's only advantage.
"The merits of drive-thru test centersas I mentioned earlierare safety and speed. Normal test centers usually took around 30 minutes per visitor. Drive-thrus take 5 to 10 minutes."
As for the rest of the world, especially in some western countries faced with an increasing number of confirmed cases and fatalities,drive-thru test centers may present a solution in coping with the outbreak.
The first step in treating a patient is to conduct a diagnosisand it has be accurate and fast.
Since COVID-19 is highly contagious,finding out who's infected is a crucial step in curbing the spread of the virus.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.