I'm still reading After the Sheikhs, and the author makes a striking point about Saudi Arabia: It's one of the youngest countries in the world. That in turn sent me to Wikipedia to learn about the Demographics of Saudi Arabia. Excerpt:
Estimates of the young population of Saudi Arabia vary. Carlye Murphy gives the figure of 51% of the population being under the age of 25 (as of Feb 2012). The Economist magazine estimates 60% of the Saudi population under the age of 21, (dated March 3, 2012).
0–14 years: 32,4%
15–64 years: 64,8%
65 years and over: 2,8%
Total Population 23,980,834 (2007 Census Population)
total: 25.3 years
male: 26.4 years
female: 23.9 years (2011 est.)
Dr. Andrew Rambaut's epidemic blog has a graph showing the number of cases by age cohorts, and it looks to me as if those over 65 form a large number of cases (though the largest cohort is the 25-30 group, with over 70 cases).
So my doubtless naive question is: Given the dramatically small proportion of older Saudis, how significantly does MERS affect them compared to the general population?
Update: I'm used to Dr. Ian Mackay being a day ahead of me, but in this case he was almost a year ahead when he posted his own demographic analysis of MERS cases last July.