Via Arab News, a report with some interesting assertions: Medical staff account for less than 20% of corona patients. Excerpt, with assertions bolded and a comment after:
Public and private hospitals across the Kingdom have intensified their campaigns to enlighten the public about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and to spread awareness about precautionary measures against the killer disease.
Dr. Mohammed Mujahid Abbas, an ICU consultant and head of infectious diseases at the International Medical Center (IMC), gave a lecture at Jeddah National Hospital (JNH) and described MERS as a hospital-based disease.
He emphasized the need to control the number of people visiting hospitals as part of efforts to prevent the spread of MERS, which has killed 117 patients in the Kingdom. “We should also isolate suspected cases,” he said.
Abbas, who has worked as a consultant in infectious diseases and critical care in the US and at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, advised hospitals to quarantine patients who manifest different symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing and pneumonia.
He said medical staff account for less than 20 percent of the total number of people who died or were infected by the MERS virus.
“Top hospital management should be involved in dealing with MERS cases. They should have an emergency plan and keep some beds ready for treating hospital staff in case they are infected by the virus,” he said.
He advised doctors to use gloves, masks and eye protectors while dealing with suspected patients.
“Most MERS victims in the Kingdom are elderly and patients who were suffering from chronic diseases,” Abbas said, adding that about 50 percent of confirmed cases did not develop any symptoms.
By coincidence, a number of Flublogians have been engaged this evening in a Twitter seminar on just what information we're getting about MERS cases, and what we're not. You can see what started it on Dr. Ian Mackay's VDU's blog—a list of things "We no longer know, or can't calculate using public data."