In December 2019, the coronavirus seemed to be confined to China. But, just a few weeks later, the virus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19, became a global pandemic.
The virus, which leads to a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from droplets of bodily fluids – such as mucus and saliva, has now been reported in at least 188 countries.
With the number of positive cases growing in the United States, scientists, health officials along with local governments have issued mandates and regulations to practice social distancing and hand washing to flatten the curve and reduce the number of cases.
As of July 15, 2020, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 13 million people have been infected, and the global death toll is more than 578,000. More than 7.3 million patients have recovered.
While those numbers may seem staggering, there are 12 countries that have not confirmed any cases of COVID-19 (Keep in mind, there were 18 countries with no cases in April). Many of these countries are Pacific Island countries in Oceania:
So how did these countries manage to be amongst the very few to have no cases of a virus that has affected more than a million people worldwide?
Here’s a look at the three of the COVID-free countries and what we can learn from them.
1. North Korea (Population +25 Million)
North Korea was the first country to close its borders.
As a neighbor of China, the country closed its borders on January 21st and hasn’t re-opened since. It then implemented strict measures for those coming into the country (foreigners and nationals) including month or two-month quarantine.
Now, you may ask, how is the closest neighbor to China been able to stay healthy? Well, we can only assume that…