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MERS is a respiratory infection that was first identified in 2012. The majority of cases were in the middle east but it has shown up in the USA this year. The virus is dangerous because of its high mortality rate.
This virus was formerly termed as MERA-CoV since it belongs to the coronavirus family and is linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Experts believe that this disease is associated with the exposure to camels however, once a person is infected with the MERS virus it is easily passed to other humans by close contact. People infected with the MERS virus get flu-like symptoms similar to pneumonia.
The WHO (World Health Organization) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that there is no particular cure for the treatment for MERS affected patients to this date. But according to experts, it is possible to prevent the disease if appropriate precautions are practiced. People who work in the healthcare industry or those who often travel are at a higher risk.
The preventive tips to avoid becoming infected with the MERS virus are:
- Wearing masks when visiting hospitals or other areas that are more likely to have high exposure to MERS virus.
- Sanitize your hands more often after visiting populous places such as hospitals, airports, public restrooms, and restaurants
Dr. Tami also recommends:
- Ensure your vitamin D is in the optimal range of 60-100 ng/mL. Vitamin D is one of the most powerful ways to boost your immune system. If you feel you are getting sick, take 30,000 IU of Vitamin D for 3 consecutive days.
- Sweat it out: your body tried to raise your body temperature to fight viruses by creating a fever. A sauna or steam room can help your body with this process.
- Hydration: increase your hydration so that your cells can operate at their best
- Avoid sugar: Sugar is used by viruses and bacteria to grow. Help starve them by decreasing your consumption of sugar
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