The widespread outbreak of the Corona virus (COVID-19) has raised many questions about its similarities with the respiratory syndrome of the Middle East (the Corona virus) that appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
The respiratory syndrome of the Middle East and the emerging corona virus share the possibility of transmission from animals to humans, where the World Health Organization believes that the respiratory syndrome of the Middle East can be traced back to camels, while it is believed that the emerging corona virus has originated first in bats.
People with viruses have similar symptoms, such as high fever and a cough that can develop into pneumonia, difficulty breathing, sore throat and sneezing, and muscle and joint pain.
The risk of life loss increases due to both diseases in people over the age of 60 and in people with chronic diseases.
The main difference between respiratory syndrome in the Middle East and COVID-19 lies in the rate of infection and death, as “Saudi Koruna” is more deadly than its new counterpart, killing 866 people out of 2519 infected, with a death rate of 35 percent.
On the other hand, the death rate due to the new corona has reached 3.4 percent so far, which is a low rate compared to the rate recorded in other viruses of the same family.
The new Corona virus infects many more people than it is registered due to respiratory syndrome in the Middle East, if the number of people infected with the newly emerging virus exceeds 156 thousand.
Unlike COVID-19, the respiratory syndrome virus is not easily transmitted between people, except in close contact, such as providing clinical care to an infected patient without taking strict hygiene measures, which explains the spread of respiratory syndrome in the Arab region. Specifically, after moving from one-humped Arab camel to another.
Source: RT + Agencies