Hanyangians Fighting Against Coronavirus
Professors, alumni, and students of Hanyang contributing to the combat against coronavirus
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Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, said “Coronavirus is the biggest challenge since WW2.” The coronavirus crisis continues to put the world in fear with force corresponding to that of war. As of March 30, the number of confirmed patients in South Korea has reached 9,583, nearing 10,000. Confronted by a pandemic, many Hanyangians have been endeavoring in their own ways to combat the disease for a safer tomorrow.
Kang Bo-seung (Department of Emergency Medicine) set an exemplary case of stopping the infection in hospitals. During his work at Hanyang University Guri Hospital, a patient was sent to the emergency room for a fever. He was not tested for the coronavirus because he had no record of visiting China. Kang questioned him further and learned that the patient had been in contact with Chinese people in a conference he attended. The patient was later confirmed as the 17th confirmed case. Had it not been for Kang ’s persistent inquiry, the 17th confirmed patient could have been allowed access to the emergency room and the vulnerable patients inside would have been presented with serious danger.
Kim Il-doo (Ph.D. in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, ‘95), currently a professor at KAIST, gained enormous attention for his nano-textile mask. With masks running out of stock, there was an increasing need to make disposable masks reusable for a length of time. Kim invented masks that can be laundered and reused for up to a month. While the original masks use static electricity to filter out the fine particles and loses its electricity over a day’s use, nano masks only use nano textiles to block out particles. This way, they do not need to be changed often. The masks are awaiting approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to be commercialized.
Students of Hanyang University have also been making efforts against the crisis. Four students in the Department of Policy Studies started a fundraiser to donate urgently needed medical supplies in the name of Hanyang students. They initially planned to raise 2 million won. The goal was met within an hour, and within days, they were able to raise 22 million won which was donated to coronavirus-related charities.
Adversities have the power to bring people together. Professors, alumni, and students of Hanyang are coming together to fight the pandemic.
Lee Yoon-seo firstname.lastname@example.org
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