MERS

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

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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