Via Arab News: SMS joins battle against MERS. Excerpt:
The Health Ministry sent out thousands of SMSes on Thursday as part of its awareness program to contain the spread of the MERS coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in the Kingdom.
Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih launched a Kingdom-wide awareness campaign on the coronavirus in Jeddah earlier this month to empower the public with crucial up-to-date information on how to combat the deadly virus.
The campaign was launched by Fakeih in cooperation the WHO. “The government is doing its best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but we need everyone’s help in implementing simple precautions to prevent its spread,” he said.
If the Saudis had been open and transparent about MERS from the start, we might now know more about how people contract it. Then the Saudi MOH could text people with effective precautions, not just simple ones.