As the threat of coronavirus outbreak (known as COVID-19) continues to cause panic in the Western world, the US military is taking a measured response to the issue at military installations in South Korea, a nation that holds the highest number of infected after China.
Camp Humphreys personnel can been seen guarding the gates and scanning incoming personnel for symptoms of the virus, ranging from visible symptoms to checking for fevers with an infrared thermometer.
At one point, a junior officer can be seen riding up to the gate on a moped, getting his forehead scanned before being allowed into the facility.
US Forces Korea has been on “HIGH” risk levels since February 26, and several protection precautions have been utilized to prevent troops from being exposed.
According to a timeline provided by USFK, “Service members are restricted from attending non-essential off-installation activities and social events including eat-in seated dining (take-out is allowed), shopping, bars, clubs, movie theaters or locations that have more than 20 people,” though the restriction can be waived by a Colonel or above.
For those living off-post, “Service members are allowed to conduct “necessary duties” off-post such as travel to and from work, groceries shopping and necessary item purchases.”
The virus has continued to spread, and the first US servicemember has been infected, along with his wife and infant child. They are currently being held in a secure ward of a US military hospital on the peninsula.
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