The Outbreak of MERS
Recently, South Korea has been drawing attention due to a severe incident. That is an epidemic, which is called MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
The major press and media of all around the world are striving to be first to report the disease of South Korea.
MERS is a kind of viral disease or respiratory infection which is caused by a virus; that was the newly identified MERS-coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
So far it is known to be derived from the bats.
The first patient was thought to be found in London in 2012, since then it started to draw attention of the doctors and the scientists.
Especially MERS-CoV, it was first reported from sputum samples from the patients who fell ill in a 2012 outbreak of a new flu.
Sputum is the wet substance coming out from someone’s lungs, when coughs up.
The first victim has died of MERS who had contact with the original case, a South Korean who visited the Middle East and got the high fever and was taken into the hospital.
So it is why almost all cases are somehow linked to Saudi Arabia and Saudi government’s crucial errors in the first phase of response to MERS-CoV is believed to contribute to the rapid spread of this deadly virus.
Since the outbreak of MERS, the whole Korean is becoming scared and not willing to go outside and even some schools, from the elementary schools to the high schools, are closed to prevent the infection.
The number of patients to be diagnosed as having MERS are over 30 since last month, and more than 10,000 people, who may have come into contact with the infected patients, have been placed in isolation. Patients are thought to increase in number afterwards. How dreadful disease it is! Even though it is not seen, but proliferates rapidly.
Precaution against the Epidemic
First of all, I would like to console the victim’s family, who passed away, recorded as the first patient. Likely Saudi Arabia’s government, Korean authorities failed to respond appropriately in the very first phase; it should have isolated the first patient from the others in the hospital and warned actively to the public to be aware of the identity of MERS and be careful in hygiene.
It is because the infection of MERS depends on the matter of hygiene.
If people keep themselves and the surroundings clean, they can avoid MERS as well as the viral diseases.
The Respiration of the Soul: A Prayer
Aside from my personal hygiene, I look back on myself in the matter of respiration.
According to the Bible, the prayer is regard as the respiration of my soul and it help me to live a healthy spiritual life.
If live in a healthy way, I should not cease praying to God (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
As MERS causes breathing problems which choke people not to breathe properly, by blocking enough air into lungs and pneumonia which is serious breathing-related disease, our prayer provides us the energy to bind ourselves to God.
Until now, how much I try to pray to God whenever I get the free time?
In an appointed prayer time at morning, lunch and evening, do I try my best to find the place to pray?
Through the process of creation for man [a male as well as a female], Elohim God put Their breath/respiration in us (Genesis 2:7).
It means that we are holing God’s breath inside our body.
We have the responsibility to have our respiration circulate for our spiritual life, praying continuously to Christ Ahnsahnghong and Jerusalem Heavenly Mother (Mother God).