K-Pop Band iKON: 4 Members Test Positive for COVID-19

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Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jan 10

    K-Pop Band iKON: 4 Members Test Positive for COVID-19

    Just last month, headlines reported that some members of K-Pop band BTS tested positive for COVID-19. Now, 4 members of K-Pop band iKON have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

    K-Pop Band iKON: Which Members Got COVID?

    Talent agency YG Entertainment have released a statement that three of the group’s members have tested positive for COVID-19. They shared that three members, Kim Jin-hwan, Song Yun-heong and Kim Dong-hyuk initially exhibited cold symptoms. This prompted them to take a PCR test, which confirmed that they have the coronavirus1.

    The three other members of K-Pop Band iKON initially tested negative, but later on a fourth member tested positive for the virus. According to a more recent announcement made by YG Entertainment, Koo Jun-Hoe also tested positive2.

    The singer initially had a negative result, but later on experienced a sore throat. Because of this, the singer took another test which showed that he was indeed infected.

    The agency added that all the infected members of K-Pop Band iKON are doing fine, and have completed their vaccinations. They are currently undergoing self-quarantine, and they are expected to completely recover in a few days.

    How Does COVID-19 Spread?

    COVID-19 spares no one. People from all walks of life are vulnerable to this virus. The fact that even celebrities such as the members of K-Pop Band iKON and even BTS have also gotten sick means that anyone can be infected with the coronavirus. But why does COVID-19 infect people so quickly? The answer lies in understanding how it spreads3.

    COVID-19 spreads primarily through what’s known as airborne transmission.

    Whenever a sick person coughs, sneezes, or even breathes, they send out droplets containing the virus. If another person inhales these droplets, they also inhale the virus in the particles. These droplets can also remain suspended in the air for extended periods of time. The fact that it spreads through the air and it can linger means that it can spread easily.

    The virus also spreads more easily indoors, since the air doesn’t get dispersed. Large crowds are also another risk factor, as infection can easily spread when people are close together.

    This is why doctors recommend that people try to maintain a healthy distance from one another, and to avoid crowds as much as possible. These simple things can help keep COVID-19 under control.

    Testing Is Important

    Another important aspect of keeping COVID-19 under control is to undergo testing4. Testing the population is important because it allows people who are infected (even if they don’t show any symptoms) to isolate themselves. If they isolate, they can help control the spread of the illness and prevent other people from being infected.

    Another reason why testing is important is that it can save lives. People might mistake COVID-19 for a simple flu, and then suddenly find themselves having trouble breathing or experiencing more severe symptoms. If a person is aware that they have COVID-19, they can take measures to go to the hospital immediately if they feel anything wrong.

    COVID-19 Prevention Tips

    Now that we’ve discussed how COVID spreads and why testing is important, we can talk about how to prevent infections in the first place. Here are some important things to remember:

    • Complete your COVID-19 vaccinations, and if possible, get the booster. The vaccine is one of the best ways to protect ourselves against infection as well as serious complications from COVID-19.
    • Stay at home as much as possible, and avoid going to public places unless it’s necessary.
    • If you do go outside, wear a mask at all times, and keep your distance from other people.
    • It’s also a good idea to wash your hands often, or use a sanitizer to avoid touching any contaminated surfaces.

    By following these simple tips, you can help lower the chances of being infected with COVID-19.

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    Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jan 10