A recent survey of American adults found that 76% worried about becoming ill if they had to stay home and take care of the sick during a severe flu pandemic.1
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Setting up a Sick Room

Wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water

infection prevention

Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue

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What is MERS-CoV
MERS-CoV or coronavirus is a virus that causes respiratory illness.  It first appeared in the middle east in 2012.  Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working to understand how the disease spreads.  Use these links to keep current on changes in the disease and prevention measures.

CDC Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

HO Coronavirus Infections 

Prevention, especially prevention measures for respiratory illness is the best protection against this kind of virus.  CDC and WHO advise that people should

  • Wash hands numerous times during the day
  • Do not touch your face or rub your eyes unless you have washed your hands
  • Stay away (at least 6 feet) from someone who is coughing or sneezing
  • If you have a cough or are sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.  Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

If you travel to the middle east, monitor your health during the trip and for 14 days after you return. If you develop fever, muscle aches and or a cough, contact your doctor and let them know where you travelled and for how long.  You might need to be tested for MERS-CoV.  

Only two imported cases have occurred in the United States as of May 19, 2014.  A third person developed antibodies to MERS-CoV from face-to-face contact with a known case but remained symptom free.  

There is no treatment for MERS-CoV at this time.  Prevention is the best and only tool to ward off the disease.  

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