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Old 06-04-2015, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/wo...lose.html?_r=0
South Korea MERS outbreak grows as 1,369 in quarantine - CNN.com

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SEOUL, South Korea — Fears of the deadly virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome enveloped South Korea on Wednesday as the authorities nearly doubled the number of quarantined people they say may have been exposed, temporarily closed more than 700 kindergartens and schools and refused to identify the six hospitals where infections had been confirmed.
Kinda surprised that nobody's talking about this, but well very few posters here actually live in Asia so I guess it's not surprising after all.

Obviously the situation is not good in Korea and a Korean guy actually went to Hong Kong(then to China) after being diagnosed with the virus like last week.

Anyway the possibility of MERS spread to the rest of East Asia is about 96%, so...yeah. I hope it won't be as bad as SARS.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:14 AM
 
Location: singapore
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I live in Asia, but well .. Nothing very much we can do about this sad situation
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I used to live in South Korea.

One of the big things I remember there was being routinely COUGHED ON. Many Koreans simply do not turn their heads when they cough. I can very distinctly remember MANY times where I'd be sitting on a bus, and have someone strongly cough on my back of my neck, and even turning around to give them the 'death stare', they were routinely completely unaware of why you were turning around to stare them down.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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^Ew that's gross.
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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Koreans are always touting how clean they are compared to the Chinese...well, I guess spitting out in the open and coughing into people's faces have about the same level of rudeness and filth.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:56 AM
 
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I used to live in South Korea.

One of the big things I remember there was being routinely COUGHED ON. Many Koreans simply do not turn their heads when they cough. I can very distinctly remember MANY times where I'd be sitting on a bus, and have someone strongly cough on my back of my neck, and even turning around to give them the 'death stare', they were routinely completely unaware of why you were turning around to stare them down.
MERS isn't spread by merely being "coughed on". It's contracted by repeated, enclosed exposure. It's usually a caretaker or medical professional that is caring for a MERS patient that is infected.

I also wouldn't call this "raging". Once identified, it's easily controlled.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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MERS isn't spread by merely being "coughed on". It's contracted by repeated, enclosed exposure. It's usually a caretaker or medical professional that is caring for a MERS patient that is infected.

I also wouldn't call this "raging". Once identified, it's easily controlled.
Idk it seems quite serious already, people are quite freaked out here, probably because the horror of SARS is still haunting us.
Many who planned on travelling to Korea have cancelled their flights, and hospitals are now preparing for the worst.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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Idk it seems quite serious already, people are quite freaked out here, probably because the horror of SARS is still haunting us.
Many who planned on travelling to Korea have cancelled their flights, and hospitals are now preparing for the worst.
35 confirmed cases in a country of over 50 million. While people are freaking out, it's also not serious by any stretch of the imagination. That's not to say that MERS couldn't mutate, but at the moment it is nowhere near the danger that SARS is. SARS is spread completely differently than MERS, and can become more widespread much more quickly. MERS is very slow moving, and mostly affects people that have prolonged contact with the infected.
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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35 confirmed cases in a country of over 50 million. While people are freaking out, it's also not serious by any stretch of the imagination. That's not to say that MERS couldn't mutate, but at the moment it is nowhere near the danger that SARS is. SARS is spread completely differently than MERS, and can become more widespread much more quickly. MERS is very slow moving, and mostly affects people that have prolonged contact with the infected.
Well I guess it's always better to be cautious than to regret.
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:37 AM
 
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...and a news story from inside Korea about the MERS-infected DOCTOR who refused to be quarantied, and went to many medical-related events exposing MERS to thousands of more people...

MERS-infected doctor contacted over 1,000 people: gov't - The Korea Observer
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