The MERS-CoV Virus and You
The first man in France to die from MERS-CoV has contracted the virus while visiting Dubai, Saudi Arabia. Also called the novel coronavirus or nCoV for short, this virus was first discovered in September 2012 and has killed 27 of the 49 reported to have been infected. Being in the same family as SARS, the symptoms from contracting nCoV deal mainly with one’s respiratory system and the World Health Organization has put out a statement to give us insight about the nature of this deadly virus.
Margaret Chan, the director-general of the WHO stated that, “We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond,” at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
With this in mind, one can assume that nCoV can spread from person to person. Though we do not know whether all it takes is a cough, someone with continual contact with those infected are definitely at a higher risk (duh). The WHO has also stated that it is less transmissible than SARS according to the data they have collected thus far. With the infections stemming from the middle-east, one may also assume that the virus is from Jordan, which is where it was first discovered in 2012. Lastly, there are currently no trade or travel restrictions set in place to inhibit the spread of the virus. With that said, make sure you wash all of your vegetables, veer away from eating raw meat when traveling, and stock up on guns and amo in case this is the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.