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Why Will There Be More MERS In The US? – ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.

Everywhere you look the media is pushing you telling you who to follow, what to watch and when to watch it.   You’re even sometimes told how to do it all.  Truth is, here at American Live Wire we do a bit of that too.  The big difference is we also tell you why.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

Why will there be more MERS in the US?” you ask?

Good question. Never let it be said we cannot be serious and timely sometimes. Sometimes it’s good to give the people what they need instead of what they want.

But first, for those hiding under a rock –which mayn’t be a bad idea these days—a bit of background on MERS.  MERS is a new virus. MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or (MERS-CoV).


Avoiding MERS / Image: English.Al-Akhbar

It’s a cousin of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus. (Yep. Every family has one, boys and girls.) It was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2012. According to NBC News since 2012 MERS has moved on to “16 countries, most in the Middle East but also in Europe and Asia” and more recently the United States. SARS infected over “8,000 people around the world and killed 774” before modern day science took it down in 2004.

Now you really have to ask “Why will there be more MERS in the US?” eh? Indeed. Who could blame you? It’s coming soon to a backyard near you.

Why will there be more MERS in the US? Let’s get to it. There will be more cases because the United States is the best friggin’ country in the world and everyone wants to come here be it legally or illegally, right? Well, then it should be no surprise that more MERS is nothing more than a jet plane ride away.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said this about MERS in the US: “This is unwelcome, but not unexpected.” Don’t panic. If you believe what you read in the (internet) papers NBC notes that “most Americans are at very low risk of ever becoming infected.”

If MERS is like SARS there is supposedly no need to be alarmed. According to news reports in 2003 only eight SARS cases were confirmed in the U.S and “all of them in travelers who were infected overseas” and they didn’t infect anyone else.

MERS can indeed be deadly but it does not spread easily. So then Why will there be more MERS in the US?” you ask? There will be more MERS in the US because there isn’t a vaccine against MERS. Don’t panic though as there are researchers working on one.

Why will there be more MERS in the US? There will be more because right now the famous “they” who say and know all those things do not yet know the origins of MERS. “They” think it might be from camels but a lot of folks who have MERS have no clue when or if they ever saw a camel let alone got close to one. Another theory is camel milk or even camel meat. (Hmmm, maybe yours truly shouldn’t give his youngest son crap for not eating anything that has a face, huh?)

Why will there be more MERS in the US? The truth is these things are difficult to deal with that quickly. In fact, things such as MERS often circulate before anyone has any clue because nobody even knew it existed let alone knew what it was so they sure couldn’t have a test for it. A lot of respiratory diseases are never diagnosed and even those that are again take time to conquer.


MERS / Image: EdenLSU

The CDC says that US citizens should take steps “to help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by washing hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and/or mouth with unwashed hands, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.”.

Why will there be more MERS in the US?  There will be more because some of us never do what we are told. Some of us don’t educate ourselves.

Why will there be more MERS in the US?  Some of us never trust the government. Some of us don’t trust modern medicine. Some of us just plain don’t listen.

Why will there be more MERS in the US? Now you know.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.