What is MERS virus? Why Its At Risk of Spreading After FIFA World Cup 2022 In Qatar

Do you know what’s MERS virus? It’s also known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which is basically a viral respiratory illness first detected in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

The illness is caused by a virus called MERS-CoV which is also knwn to cause SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

The infection from MERS virus is contageous which can spread by getting in touch with an infected person mainly through respiratory secretions like mucous or saliva.

The only thing that differentiates it with other viral infections is that it is not easily transmitted like flu. And so, it is not transmitted through air.


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Symptoms of MERS Virus

The most common symptoms of MERA virus can be mild to severe. These may include:

1. Fever

2. Cough

3. Difficulty breathing

4. Body aches

5. Fatigue

6. Diarrhea

Apart from symptoms listed above, the virus in its severe form can cause pneumonia, which may prove fatal, especially in people living in poor health conditions or with weaker immune system.

So, if you find any of the above symptoms, it can be due to MERS virus and needs immediate medical attention. It’s advisable to be safe and take care of your hygiene in any case. This will help you prevent any sort of infection from the virus.

As of now, there is no cure or vaccine for MERS infection. The only thing in your hand is to take prevention. Try to wash your hands regularly and never forget to cover your mouth and nose at the time of sneeze or cough.

The World Cup 2022 is currently being held in Qatar which has reported a plethora of MERS cases in the past. Although, the chances or probability of infection is quite low during the World Cup, it will be advisable to check all your preventive measures to combat the infection.


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