"It gets better." Kentucky native spends seven weeks quarantined in South Korea

Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 21:44:12-04

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Laurel County native Kevin Kester is in week seven of quarantine in Daegu, South Korea as the Korean Centers for Disease Control reports 91 patients thought cleared of the coronavirus tested positive again this week.

Kester, however, noted experts believe it is likely the patients "relapsed" and were not "reinfected".

"They didn't get a reinfection weeks after," Kester said. "They think that they just made a mistake releasing them (from the hospital). I'm not too worried about that in terms of making me susceptible to it, but it does concern me just by the nature of the virus. This is a very strange virus and people can't seem to figure it out."

Kester did note that Daegu is starting to see improvements in the number of cases. He said he hopes that becomes the case for the U.S. soon.

"It gets better," Kester said. "If you do take it seriously, things will be better. You'll get through this awful storm that you're going through now, but it's really imperative that people social distance and wear masks."

Kester is an assistant professor of International Education and Global Affairs at Keimyung University. While in quarantine, he has been teaching his students online, attending online academic conferences, writing research reports, and even publishing a book.