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The medicinal prowess of Kimchi
« on: March 09, 2020, 11:18:41 am »
Just checked out some coronavirus stats. Italy and Korea are nearly neck and neck in terms of active infections (+- 7000).

As far as deaths go, however, there's a notable discrepancy (366 Italians have succumbed to the illness, as opposed to 53 Koreans).

Can we postulate that kimchi is indeed the superfood it's made out to be? Should we start putting it on our pizza? (best of both worlds)

Any other theories for the differences in mortality? Access to quality healthcare, perhaps? The death rate in Iran is somewhere in between, it seems.


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Re: The medicinal prowess of Kimchi
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2020, 12:02:36 pm »
Just checked out some coronavirus stats. Italy and Korea are nearly neck and neck in terms of active infections (+- 7000).

As far as deaths go, however, there's a notable discrepancy (366 Italians have succumbed to the illness, as opposed to 53 Koreans).

Can we postulate that kimchi is indeed the superfood it's made out to be? Should we start putting it on our pizza? (best of both worlds)

Any other theories for the differences in mortality? Access to quality healthcare, perhaps? The death rate in Iran is somewhere in between, it seems.


Nothing to do with kimchi.
Like another poster wrote in another thread: Korea has been testing the crap out of people. Like seriously, way more than any other country, maybe China excluded. Not just now but even when the number of infected were much lower.
The virus causes only mild symptoms in the majority of cases and many have pretty much no symptoms at all. So the reality is, other countries also have way more people infected than reported. They just don't get tested. In Italy and the USA etc. mostly the severe cases are tested and those people are more likely to die. One reason why the death rate is low here is beacuse even the mild cases show up on the stats. The other reason is also due to the high number of tests; most cases are caught early enough so they can be treated effectively.


Re: The medicinal prowess of Kimchi
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2020, 12:35:38 pm »
I was told that because westerners cover their mouths when they cough, something that apparently has a tighter seal than a NASA spacesuit, while Koreans, don't, westerners would be fine while Koreans would be infected like no other.


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Re: The medicinal prowess of Kimchi
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2020, 12:42:32 pm »
Kimchi power!


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