I know it's not my wedding, but I vow to not make any viral/viral jokes.
"C'mon guys, it'll be hilarious! Western media won't accidentally take it seriously at all!"
Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a virus. An actual biological virus, packed with RNA and hovering on the border between complex life and simple chemistry. This photo, on the other hand, is of a wedding in Seoul, South Korea. An actual human wedding, packed with DNA and hovering on the border between a celebration of commitment and an opportunity for horny bridesmaids and groomsmen to swap spit. Put these two together, and one or the other is going to go viral. Dangit, I broke my vows already.
MERS can't stop this wedding.. Stay safe everyone!! #korea #mers
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Ironically, although this photo went viral because it "perfectly captures" the fear in Korea over MERS right now, it was apparently taken as a joke. As in "Hey, you know how everyone in the news is freaking out about that virus? Let's all wear our facemasks as a joke." Yes, people in East Asian countries do often wear facemasks in public (especially if they have a cold and don't want to get others sick), but that's on the street or on mass transit. The masks are usually removed once you actually get to where you're going, especially to a celebration like this.
What is MERS? It's a relative of the common cold and SARS (which killed 774 people in 2004), and as the name suggests, it infects the respiratory system and originated in the Middle East. Someone brought it to Korea on a plane recently, which has caused a lot of worry. If you're not familiar with world demographics, Korea and East Asia in general is a much, much more densely-populated place than the desert regions of the Middle East.
Livin' in a virus paradise. (via reddit)
In other words, it's pretty much Disney World for viruses...except that's not even a metaphor because Disney World is an awesome place for viruses.