Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Prevent Getting MERSCoV

People are panicking over the latest disease that entered the Philippines. It is not the fictitious flesh eating disease invented by ABS-CBN. It is the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERSCoV) brought home by an OFW nurse working in the Middle East.

According to the infographic released by the Department of Health (DOH), MERSCoV is a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, which is a member of a large family of viruses that cause common colds and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Symptoms of MERSCoV Patients

It was reported that those who have MERSCoV experiences the following symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and coughing. Other possible symptoms are diarrhea and kidney failure.

Symptoms of MERSCoV from DOH infographic
Symptoms of MERSCoV.

I suggest that anyone who experiences these symptoms should call a doctor or have a check-up in the hospital, immediately. You may also call the DOH 24-hour hotline at the following telephone numbers:

DOH Hotline numbers for MERSCoV

How to Prevent Getting MERSCoV

Here are the ways to avoid contracting MERSCoV, as listed by DOH in their infographic:

How to prevent MERSCoV

1. Wash your hands with soap and water often.
2. Avoid touching your face; especially your eye areas, nose, and mouth; with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid close contact with sick people.
4. Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, cell phone, handles, etc.
5. Make sure that your children follow the precautions against MERSCoV.

Aside from what’s listed by DOH, I suggest that you also eat fruits and vegetables, and take multivitamins to strengthen your immune system against MERSCoV. It is also a good habit to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to prevent other people from getting ill.

MERSCoV is a dangerous disease but it doesn’t mean that it cannot be avoided. We just need to practice good hygiene and eat healthy foods to combat MERSCoV.


Images on this post were obtained from the MERSCoV infographic posted in the Official Gazette.

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