June 21, 2015
So, this MERS thing is getting a bit out of hand. We’re going to address it in this week’s TL;DR, I think, and provide more stats that might put things in perspective, but I thought it’d be a good idea to ask about MERS and how it’s being handled in Korea for this week’s Speaker’s Corner.
I really liked how the first two answers are in opposition. The first one asks about wearing masks, while the next says that we should be wearing masks. What are your thoughts? Do masks help? MERS, after all, isn’t an airborne virus. So what do masks do that prevent you from getting MERS? I’m not really all too sure. I’m not a certifieded doctor. Unless masks prevent people infected by MERS from licking your mouth. The masks will get in the way of that. You’ll be safe from mouth-licking death machines.
More importantly, I agree with the girl that says you shouldn’t cancel your trips. It’s sad, really, that so many people are in a panic and have cancelled their vacations because they’re worried that they’re gonna die. Ah. What a shame. The media hype is definitely bigger than the actual disease.
Anyhow, we’ll talk more about it on Wednesday, stats and comparative perspectives and all. I know some people are more testy about the MERS issue, and will be upset that we’re downplaying it, so we’d love to hear what you think in the comments :D