Don’t regret if this is your child….
There is no known cure for MERS. If you were infected, whether you survived or not, would depend on luck and that person living in the sky, if you believed in him.
Meanwhile, you would be strapped onto a ventilator. You’d feel like you were drowning. In fact, you were drowning. In your own phlegm.
Imagine that happening to your child.
South Korea reported on Friday (Jun 5) a fourth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as an infected doctor fuelled fears of a fresh surge in cases and prompted Seoul’s mayor to declare “war” on the virus.
Five new cases overnight took the number of infected people to 41, in what has become the largest MERS outbreak outside Saudi Arabia, with close to 2,000 people in quarantine or under observation.
Of particular concern was the positive test of a doctor at a major Seoul hospital who was understood to have taken part in public meetings attended by up to 1,500 people while infectious.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon criticised the government for not sharing information about the doctor’s movements, and said his administration would take the lead in ensuring public safety.
“From now on, Seoul city is embarking on a war against MERS. We will take swift and stern measures … to protect the lives and safety of our citizens,” Park told reporters on Friday.
So far, Health Minister Moon Hyong-Pyo apologised for the public anxiety caused by the outbreak.
Fortunately, in a country known for leaders committing suicide for any mistakes, no one has ended their lives. Yet.