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These Elite Contact Tracers Show the World How to Beat Covid-19

  • Investigators in hazmat suits swarm site of potential outbreak
  • Combating sporadic outbreaks a new way of life in Asian nation
A medical worker, center, speaks with a visitor from inside the Covid-19 safety booth in the walk-thru testing center at H Plus Yangji Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, on July 24.
A medical worker, center, speaks with a visitor from inside the Covid-19 safety booth in the walk-thru testing center at H Plus Yangji Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, on July 24.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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In May, when a coronavirus outbreak hit nightclubs in the South Korean capital of Seoul, health officials quickly unleashed their version of the Navy Seals -- elite teams of epidemiologists, database specialists and laboratory technicians.