US military community gets creative in coping with coronavirus fears in South Korea

Cindy Badger, a military spouse, watches her four children at a playground on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020.  MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Cindy Badger, a military spouse, watches her four children at a playground on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

US military community gets creative in coping with coronavirus fears in South Korea

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The Army garrison in Daegu, which is in the area at the epicenter of South Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak, launched a “kill the virus” poster contest and offered prizes for clever ideas to deal with confinement.

Pop-up yoga classes were held, and business was brisk at the stores and restaurants on Camp Humphreys, the American military’s headquarters here and the largest Army garrison outside the continental United States.

U.S. military families and civilian employees have been forced to get creative as South Korea’s coronavirus crisis enters a third week, leaving troops and their loved ones largely confined on bases across the divided peninsula.

“Usually I go to Seoul and stuff on weekends, but I haven’t gone out recently,” said Pvt. Dayzier Beale, 25, of Chester, Va., who arrived at Camp Humphreys in October. “Eventually it will get better, but I know right now it’s tough.”

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