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Mers a public Emergency

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Started: 7/29/2015 Category: News
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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anotherwolf

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Should Mers be considered as a public emergency?
True_Debater

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I would like to start off by thanking my opponent for participating in today's debate.

It is undeniable that the recent MERS crisis reached to a consensus that the situation has increased in seriousness and urgency. But in today's debate, there is a clear reason to why MERS was able to spread so fast in South Korea. It's not about the disease, but rather about how the government failed to a first-response to the crisis, which leads to my first argument.

1. Why MERS isn't a deadly disease

Looking at the news, you can hear in a daily basis that people in South Korea are dying from the MERS crisis. But actually, MERS isn't such a deadly disease. It has a lower chance of death than cancer, lung diseases, Malaria, Cholera, or even the Influenza. MERS has a 40% chance of death. There is more than half chance to survive. It's just that the first patients were elderly people. If the pro side says that 'people are dying in a daily basis,' they need more analysis to the status quo.

2. Then why did so many people die from the MERS crisis?

1) The first patients were elderly people. People who have unhealthy lifestyles, who are old, who are weak usually have a higher chance of death than people who have healthy lifestyles. It's not that MERS is a disease that would kill anyone. It's just that the first patients were people who were vulnerable to illnesses and diseases.

2) The South Korean government was unsuccessful to first-response to the crisis. They should have built an isolated hospital where only MERS patients would visit. But their first-response to the crisis was slow. They couldn't afford a hospital, so MERS patients visited nearby hospitals, which led to more MERS patients. The reason why MERS was able to spread so fast was because the South Korean government failed to quickly respond.

3. What are the harms of announcing MERS as a public emergency?

The South Korean government announced the MERS crisis as a yellow light and this is what happened:

1) Citizens tremble in terror. It sounds like something obvious, but this is true. When the MERS crisis started, no one tried to go outside. No one dared to go outside. They bought all the masks that were in the store, they bought hand sanitizers, and so on. Citizens become more aware of others coughing or sneezing. The government shouldn't make citizens tremble in terror, especially when the situation isn't so desperate or serious.

2) It brings a significant harm to the national economy. Since no one tried to go out, consumers in the market started to disappear, workers started to disappear, and students started to disappear. There were no guides, there were no tourists and this brought significant harm to the South Korean economy. It sounds like announcing that MERS is a public emergency is a simple thing, but it actually brings tangible harms to the society.

The MERS crisis might have been serious and urgent. But it isn't just to the point where it has to be a public emergency.
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Posted by WAM 1 year ago
WAM
Same BS as Birdflu, Swineflu, BSE and so on... Huge song and dance by the media, yet nobody knows about them 5 years later. Statistically more people die by falling out of bed than by those diseases. Pretty ridiculous if you think how hyped up it gets in the media...
Posted by ax123man 1 year ago
ax123man
You might want to define terms in your opening arguments or your opponent will do it for you, like say:

"MERS: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems"

and get an easy win, unless you want to work with the "Controversy" section on the wikipedia page.

Just sayin...
Posted by karen0524 1 year ago
karen0524
Yes. Is it not a public emergency when a new virus similar to SARS emerges, causing numerous cases of death and has the ability to be spread at an exponential rate?
Posted by lol101 1 year ago
lol101
Well.... yes.
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
Is this about Korea
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
this isn't debate able. You just give facts, then it is it.
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