MERS- WHO Says It’s NOT an Emergency Until Millions are Dead

A news report was released by the World Health Organization yesterday about MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Interestingly, it coincided with me prepping for a lecture that I’ll be delivering in a couple of days on the relationship between communicable diseases and apocalyptic events.

The report stated that it’s not an emergency yet.

But it is…

  • Growing in severity
  • Expanding through the population
  • Strikingly similar to other respiratory outbreaks
  • Spreading with¬†relatively unknown transmission details

Sure, it’s only killed under a 1000 people so far, so it’s only an emergency to them and not a global emergency, or at least that’s the WHO’s reasoning.

Here’s what I’d like to know and you should be asking about…

Which country will it have to hit before it’s a global emergency? The UK or the USA?

Will¬†officials start misdiagnosing it on purpose so it doesn’t show up as MERS, but just a random flu-like thing?

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