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Citizens finalize “Seven Rules for Basic Daily Tasks” as momentous step forward for disease control efforts by civil society
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Two rules, including on mask wearing, added to central government’s “Five Rules for Basic Daily Tasks”


  On April 22, the Daegu Metropolitan City Citizens’ Committee on Overcoming COVID-19, a public-private cooperative body whose primary objective is eradicating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), finalized the “Seven Rules for Basic Daily Tasks” at its second video conference meeting.


Based on subcommittee discussions on the Seven Rules for Basic Daily Tasks (tent.) that were decided at its first video meeting as well as citizen feedback (collected from online forums like “Talk Daegu”), the committee’s members ratified a final version of the rules based on majority vote.


(Rule 1) If you have symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible

(Rule 2) Wear a mask as often as you can.

(Rule 3) Wash hands for at least 30 seconds. Use hand sanitizer often.

(Rule 4) Keep an adequate distance with other people (at least two arms’ length).

(Rule 5) Ventilate indoor spaces at least twice per day. Disinfect surfaces regularly.

(Rule 6) Refrain from attending gatherings of any size and work dinners.

(Rule 7) Keep a safe distance physically, but stay close emotionally!


The Seven Rules for Basic Daily Tasks are an altered version of the central government’s “Five Rules for Basic Daily Tasks” that reflect the characteristics of the Daegu area. Rules are comprised of sentences that are actually feasible.


Rule 1 (If you have symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible) is a reinforced version of the central government’s “Stay home for 3~4 days if you are feeling sick” that encourages citizens to respond even more quickly. The second rule, which touches on the most basic way to block sources of infection, and the sixth rule, which reminds citizens to not forget about social distancing, were newly added by the committee.


Daegu Metropolitan City (DMC) will also soon be releasing “Rules for Basic Daily Tasks Per Area” once they are confirmed based on feedback from diverse stakeholders. These rules will be used along with the Seven Rules for Basic Daily Tasks in a wide range of promotional activities to ensure their acceptance into the everyday life and culture of local communities.


The meeting also included the presentation of the results of a survey conducted by Research Korea (“Satisfaction Levels on Public COVID-19 Activities”) from April 17 through 21.


The survey produced four major results:

1) 87.7 percent of respondents stated that DMC’s 3.28 movement was very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

2) 71.8 percent of respondents stated that DMC is “doing a good job” in its efforts to prevent/contain the spread of COVID-19, a figure 45.8 percentage points higher than the number of those who answered “is not doing a good job” (26 percent).

3) Regarding how long one is able to practice high-intensity social distancing, the highest number of answers was for one month (35.9 percent), with remaining answers in descending order of 1~2 weeks (25.6 percent), 2~3 months (19.2 percent), and at least three months (19.2 percent).

4) Regarding the transitioning of disease prevention strategy (in response to the prolonging of the COVID-19 situation) to “joint public-private prevention spearheaded by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” 68.6 percent of respondents expressed approval, with 19.9 percent expressing disapproval. The distribution of answers shows that the majority of citizens agree with DMC’s strategy of preemptive disease control.


Other answers on how DMC should carry out COVID-19 disease control included (in descending order): continued implementing of social distancing campaigns, fortified disinfection/control measures, timely distribution of emergency livelihood relief funds, and thorough management of infected persons and/or those in self-isolation.


The meeting elected the seven co-chairs who will be involved with the day-to-day duties of leading the committee, thereby finalizing the committee’s implementation structure. Committee members were briefed on the weekly operational status of various sectors and the Ministry of Education’s disease control strategy, after which feedback for each briefing was exchanged at length.


Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin asked the committee to “faithfully perform its duty by actively searching for and creating policies based on ideas or model cases from other cities for the good of Daegu citizens.” Kwon also said, “With the number of newly-confirmed cases drastically decreasing, we will be making every effort to constantly make sure that we don’t forget about everyday disease control and focus administrative resources on preventing the re-spreading of COVID-19 by updating relevant manuals.”