How did a densely-populated country like South Korea manage to have so much fewer cases and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic than the U.S.? The glib answer is 'much more extensive testing.' But how did they pull THAT off?
Turns out public-private partnerships (P3), use of technology, and careful consideration of balancing public protection with personal privacy were all critical. And, they've been working on these issues and putting those factors in place for years. It's all nicely summarized in this article - worth a few minutes to read it through.
We have not previously faced challenges like the SARS and MERS outbreaks that prompted South Korea to start thinking about these issues. Let's not try to re-learn their lessons - that will cost time, money, and most importantly, lives. Let's learn from their lessons and 'leapfrog' to the capabilities they've already found are effective.
"We are reinventing the way the public-private partnership is occurring,"