AL-HUFUF, Saudi Arabia: People in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have again started greeting friends with the traditional kiss on the cheek, and face masks in public are becoming rarer, as panic subsides over the outbreak of a deadly respiratory disease that hit the country last year.
“We continue to kiss each other when we meet relatives and friends, and we organise evenings without wearing masks or taking any precautionary measures,” said Badr Abdullah, as he bought groceries at a shopping centre in Al-Hufuf, the main city in Al-Ahsa governorate.
“At the beginning, panic hit us. But now, the situation is back to normal,” Abdullah said.
With the upcoming pilgrimage to Mecca ... Throwing caution to the wind, could spell big trouble.
According to the article on the front page of Yahoo this morning MERS is transmitting very easily and there are now 60 cases and 38 deaths. Don't think anyone should be taking this lightly. The article states that it is spreading in hospitals and people are getting sick who have had no contact with another ill patient. This is not good for anyone.