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BTS' Park Jimin Recovering After COVID and Appendicitis Surgery

Medically reviewed by Via Roderos, MD, MBA · Internal or General Medicine

Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Apr 01, 2022

BTS' Park Jimin Recovering After COVID and Appendicitis Surgery

After RM, Suga, and Jin tested positive for COVID last December, BigHit Music released a statement about BTS member Park Jimin who also tested positive on January 30. The management agency also mentioned that he underwent surgery for acute appendicitis

Park Jimin on Having Acute Appendicitis and Being COVID Positive

According to BigHit’s statement, Park Jimin came to the hospital because of  “sudden abdominal pain along with a sore throat.” After an RT-PCR test and diagnosis from the doctor, they found out that he was COVID positive with acute appendicitis. He immediately went to surgery for it the next day. 

Despite the success of the surgery, K-pop idol Park Jimin still needed to stay in the hospital for a few more days to receive in-patient treatment for COVID-19, as well as postoperative care.

He posted an update on the fan community forum, Weverse, saying, “You were worried about it right? I’m recovering well.”

In another post, he sent a reassurance to ARMYs, “I’m worried and I’m afraid. Though, I think I will be able to leave the hospital soon! I’m recovering well. I also ate all three meals of rice [smiling emoji]. Please wait a minute. I will recover my skills and go.”

As of publishing, Park Jimin has been discharged from the hospital. The medical staff gave him the go signal to continue recovering from home as he already tested negative for COVID. In addition, his “surgical site is quickly healing without any issues.”

The record label released another Park Jimin health update. 

“Hello. This is BIGHIT MUSIC. We would like to inform you that BTS Member Jimin’s quarantine has concluded after his surgery for acute appendicitis as of this early morning (February 5). Jimin was tested positive for COVID-19 and diagnosed with acute appendicitis on Sunday, January 30, and underwent surgery on Monday, January 31. He has since received inpatient care and tested negative on his PCR test before being discharged from the hospital.” 

How South Korea is Managing COVID and Its People

For the first time, daily COVID-19 infections in South Korea surpassed the 30,000 mark on Friday (February 4). It also exceeded  This number is due to the more transmissible Omicron variant as seen from the experience of countries like the Philippines. Because of the relatively low number of deaths and severe infections,  South Korea is planning to shift its COVID management. 

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters stated that it would thoroughly examine the possibility of switching to a medical system similar to seasonal flu. This is all while taking into consideration the medical system’s capacity, final severity rate, and fatality rate.

According to Kim Tak, an infectious disease professor at Soonchunhyang University Hospital, the size of the epidemic due to Omicron has grown to an extent where it is unlikely to respond in the same way that it has in the previous two years.

He explained, “In the short term, each person must share some degree of risk and try to minimize the damage.” He insisted that individuals must plan ahead of time by learning how to act when infected.

The total number of COVID-19 confirmed patients in Korea has surpassed one million after two years since January 2020.

Is COVID-19 Preventable or Avoidable?

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can protect you and those around you from becoming seriously ill as a result of COVID-19. 

It would also help to wear well-fitting masks in public places to prevent the spread of the virus. However, wearing a mask would not discount the transmission of the virus. This is why you should still exercise caution in large crowds. 

Should you experience any COVID-like symptoms, it would be best to stay at home and have yourself tested.

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Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Medically reviewed by

Via Roderos, MD, MBA

Internal or General Medicine

Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Apr 01, 2022

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