North Korea promotes home remedies against Covid while deaths rise

The North Korean government agency KCNA reported that today, Thursday, May 19, 213,280 new suspected cases of Covid-19 were detected, and one new death apparently linked to the disease.

With these figures from North Korea’s State Center for Epidemic Prevention, there are already 63 deaths clearly linked to the virus, whose existence was first confirmed by the regime last Thursday, May 12.

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In turn, 1.97 million North Koreans have already contracted the “fever”, the term North Korea uses for suspected cases, due to a lack of ability to test.

Faced with this problem, it is worth asking how a different country is dealing with the deadly pandemic that has disrupted the lives of all the people of the world.

Advertising and home remedies?

Using radio, television, newspapers and other media controlled by the government, the North Korean state provides citizens with advice on how to deal with the virus. It should be mentioned that people in that country do not have access to the Internet or other media, so access to information is limited.

Animated advertisements can be seen on state television suggesting that people suffering from fever, headache, respiratory problems or fainting should immediately go to the nearest medical center for evaluation.

In those same ads they detail antibiotics that people with fever must take, including home remedies such as tea or infusion with honey.

“These recommendations make no sense. It’s like the government asking people to contact a doctor only when they have respiratory problems, which means right before they die,” said a former North Korean agricultural official. Cho Chung Hui, who fled to South Korea in 2011.

WHO and FDA recommendations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of high transmittance of the Omicron version of COVID-19.

It has pointed out that the most effective measure that everyone can take to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is to maintain a distance of at least one meter from other people, wearing a well-fitting mask Wear it, open the windows. Ventilate rooms, avoid crowded or poorly ventilated places, keep your hands clean, cover coughs and sneezes with elbow bends or a disposable handkerchief, and get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

WHO recommends that all countries vaccinate their populations and continue to monitor progress, as mutations can occur. Fortunately, the approved vaccines have shown a clear sign of improvement in people, which can be seen in the reduction in cases, however, it calls for not letting our guard down and following health protocols.

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For its part, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that in case of covid, or symptoms, the following drugs be taken under medical supervision: Paxlovid, Veklury, Bebtelovimab, Lagevrio; Over-the-counter symptoms can be controlled with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).

With information from EFE

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