MERS

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus)



MERS: A primer for preppers

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) is a fatal
severe respiratory infection that started in Saudia Arabia.
Preppers should be aware that 50 to 60 percent of known
infections have resulted in death! MERS starts off like the
common cold; however it can lead to system failure and death.
It can spread very easily with travellers.

Unfortunately also, no one really knows exactly how people
become infected wit MERS, so preppers must take an extreme
measure of caution. There is no known treatment, nor vaccine.  
The only good news is that MERS does not transmit as easily as
another Coronavirus (
SARS).

What is a Coronavirus?
Several kinds of viruses that cause the common cold, and
Coronavirus is one of them. There are six coronaviruses, among
them one is SARS and another is MERS.

What you need to know about MERS...

  • No vaccine, No cure. While MERS does not have a vaccine
    or a cure, you can treat symptoms of the illness.

  • June is of high concern for MERS. With June begins the
    Islamic Ramadan and pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia, at
    the heart of where MERS began. Ramadan 2015 began in
    the evening of Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and several
    millions are expected to make the pilgrimage creating a
    huge opportunity for the disease to travel.

  • MERS is coming! While the last case in the United States
    was in May 2014, the likelihood of MERS coming here is
    currently still slim according to the Centers for Disease
    Control (CDC).

  • Symptoms: MERS is an upper respiratory tract illness that
    lasts around 2 weeks and has the following symptoms
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • may progress to pneumonia (a lower respiratory
    illness)

  • Incubation is 14 days: What is most disturbing about
    MERS is the interval of time, which is fourteen days.

Dealing with MERS
With impending danger of MERS entering the United States, it's
time to prepare! Here's how to deal with the problem of this
fatal severe respiratory infection ...

Prevention:
How do you keep MERS from spreading and from getting it
yourself?

  • Wear an antiviral mask. Obviously avoiding close contact
    with sick people is key in dealing with MERS and wearing
    an antiviral mask while out in public will add a layer of
    comfort to your emergency preparedness plans.

  • Do the Dracula cough! As with any respiratory illness,
    cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
    Pretend you are Dracula and need to hide behind your
    cape. Bringing your "cape" around your eyes will help the
    cough land on the inside of your arm, which is a place you
    won't spread it to others. (If it's in your hands you'll be
    touching everything).

  • Be part of the scrub club! Wash hands and use hand
    sanitizers often. Wash hands frequently with soap and
    water for 20 seconds (about the length of singing the ABCs
    to your child). Be sure to get under the finger nails! When
    water is unavailable, turn to hand sanitizers.

  • Clean surfaces. Make a habit of disinfecting frequently
    touched surfaces:
  • door handles
  • handles of the refrigerator and other appliances.
  • telephone and cell phones
  • computer keyboard and mouse
  • railings

  • Avoid high traffic areas. Avoid touching public surfaces:
  • elevator knobs
  • escalator railings

  • Know the symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Severe cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and
    kidney failure)

Preparations for MERS
Your MERS shopping list will include:

  • N95 pandemic masks

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