Every year millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Ministry of Health warns this year from the dangerous coronavirus, especially old people, pregnant women, children and people with chronic diseases to to to postpone the Hajj to another year.
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization ( WHO)in the Arab region 45 people have died from the novel coronavirus so far . A total of 81 cases of the disease have so far been registered worldwide, most of them in Saudi Arabia, where it was also the first death in June 2012.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, two cases had been in Germany, one of which was fatal. This is related to the SARS virus, triggers flu-like symptoms and can lead to renal failure and severe pneumonia cause. By the WHO, the virus is considered “danger to the whole world.” So far, neither the original source of the infection is resolved, nor how it is transmitted. However, one can conclude from the previous cases of infection, that the novel coronavirus can also be passed from person to person.
The Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, one next to the Ramadan fasting to the so-called five pillars of Islam and performs year for millions of years in Saudi Arabia. Mecca pilgrims are advised to be vaccinated against meningitis and prove this on entry as well. In addition, vaccination against influenza and polio are recommended. The Catholic faithful are required during the pilgrimage in October to wash their hands regularly with soap and use a tissue when coughing and sneezing. If there is a mass influx, it is advisable to a mouth guard.