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Don’t Touch Your Face: An Unlikely Success Story

Employees in medical masks at the Tbilisi Public Service Hall as Georgia bans entry of foreign nationals to the country starting on March 18 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Employees in medical masks at the Tbilisi Public Service Hall as Georgia bans entry of foreign nationals to the country starting on March 18 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. David Mdzinarishvili/TASS via Getty Images

On today’s podcast: How early intervention helped the country of Georgia slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The country of Georgia in the South Caucasus has been hailed as an unlikely success story for its handling of the coronavirus. Even before the country had its first confirmed case, temperature checks were instituted at the border. This enabled the Georgian authorities to detect and isolate their first known case, a Georgian man returning from Iran, as he arrived at the border. By the time the country had three confirmed cases, schools were closed nationwide. 

Don’t Touch Your Face hosts James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon are joined by the Georgian journalist Natalia Antelava, a co-founder of the crisis reporting site Coda Story.

About Don’t Touch Your Face:  On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to donttouchyourface@foreignpolicy.com.  See All Episodes

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