A South Korean hospital found an innovative way to test everyone for the novel coronavirus in a facility that resembles a telephone booth. The testing facility has been established under a tented shelter outside the H Plus Yangji Hospital in Seoul which the hospital calls "Safe Assessment and Fast Evaluation Technical booths of Yangji hospital" or SAFETY.
The testing facility is made of four booths where medical staff examine people from behind a plastic panel and the booths are equipped with negative pressure motors and ultraviolet lamps to contain the harmful particles inside. After each test, the booths are disinfected and ventilated to prevent the threat of the next person getting infected by the novel coronavirus.
The innovative idea to test patients has impressed the netizens and social media hailed South Korea for being a step ahead from the rest of the world. They asked other countries and emulate the idea to contain the virus at its earliest.
South Korea has coronavirus testing facilities that look like phone booths.— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) March 16, 2020
Which allow for minimal contact between patients and staff.
South Korea has now done over 250,000 tests, and their numbers are going down.
Let’s get it together, America.
#SouthKorea has done close to 270k tests as of today. not only #drivethrutest they now doing phone booth style test in negative pressured , uv light to disinfect.#testing #COVID19https://t.co/UlVqUQ4eDn— Cheddarpaw (@kjsnoopy) March 17, 2020
South Korea 🇰🇷 is a global leader figthing the corona virus.— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) March 17, 2020
Here’s how this hospital in Seoul has adopted “phone booth” virus testing facilities to minimize contact between patients and medical staff as they battle the disease.
South Korea has put up the world’s most aggressive test programs to combat the deadly virus and which has helped the country in keeping the mortality rate below 1 per cent. Health experts and agencies have applauded the Asian nation for such an aggressive test program. According to the latest report, South Korea has confirmed over 8,000 cases of coronavirus with 81 deaths.