By Steven Park

It’s been over a year since the start of COVID-19 and it continues to spread; the latest update regarding regulations have been released on January 31st. 

As of January 31st, the Korean government has officially extended the safety precautionary level to 2.5 until the week after Lunar New Year. This leveling system is a part of the 5-tier COVID-19 alert system that is unique to South Korea. Level 2.5 prevents outside activities from 9 pm, restricts the gathering of more than four people, encourages distancing in public places, and enforces QR code check-ins. Consequently, many people have decided to meet earlier during the day due to the 9 pm curfew and some even refrain from leaving their home in fear of contracting the virus. 

When asked about how he feels about this extended regulation with COVID-19, senior Joon Young Lee says, “Yes, I am afraid of getting infected but I believe that those who get it, get it. Those who don’t, don’t get it. No matter how hard you try to avoid getting the virus, it is in God’s will for those people to get it. I hope the vaccine will come out soon and everyone will be happy again.”

Freshman Joshua Song says, “I think it’s good to take precautions but it could be overdone sometimes. At this point, I have gotten used to it and accepted the fact I always have to wear a mask. At first, it was super uncomfortable to wear masks because I couldn’t breathe properly but now it’s like second nature.”

Despite the efforts made by the Korean government, many citizens have yet to acknowledge the severity of this pandemic. COVID-19 has been plaguing the world for a little over a year and resulted in numerous deaths and affected countless families. To prevent the continued spread of this deadly virus, it is advised that everyone adheres to the guidelines set by the Korean government.