This page was prompted by some discussion on by Helen Branswell [@HelenBranswell], Ian Mackay [@MackayIM], [@FluTrackers] and others on Twitter. It was also motivated by two, widely made, observations. Firstly, that most severe cases have occurred in people who are older and more male. Secondly, health care workers (HCW) are commonly amongst the known secondary cases (cases with known contact with primary cases) but seem to not have such severe disease and fewer fatal outcomes. The aim of this posting is to look at the numbers and see what we can infer about the epidemic. Ian Mackay has posted some analysis on his blog but I thought I would try and dig a bit deeper into the numbers.
What follows is absolutely fascinating.
Update: Rambaut has tweeted the link to his live contingency table of known MERS cases. I'm also adding it to the MERS Resources list.