MERS – A Real Threat to your Health

There have been several articles in the news lately about the ‘MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus that recently caused the tragic death of a paramedic in the UAE.

The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi has confirmed the current situation was not a public health concern and has taken all necessary measures as per international standards and recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

However, The health body advises the public to follow these tips to help prevent respiratory illnesses:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
-Help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people with fever or flu-like illnesses.

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