SARS

Moriah Anderson

About SARS

Severe acute respiratory syndrom, or also known as SARS or its scientific name Human SARS Coronavirus, is a respitory illness caused by a virus called coronavirus.

You're Next....

The main way that contagious SARS is spread is by close person-to-person contact. Close contact includes sweet kisses and hugs, sharing eating or drinking utensils, close conversation within three feet, physical 'examination', and any other type of direct physical contact between people

The Signs are there, you can't hide.

The more common symptons or signs of SARS is coughing, difficulty of breathing, a fever greater than a 100.4 degrees farenheit or other breathing problems. Other symptoms include chills and shaking, fever, headaches, and muscle aches. However less common signs are coughing that produces mucus, if you experience or have dirarrhea, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, runny noses and sore throat. In some individuals, the signs of lungs get worst during the second week of illness even after the fever has stopped.

Help! I'm sick and I need to get better!

For individuals who are thought to have the illness, they should be checked out instantly to a health care provider. If they suspect themselves or others of having the illness, they should be kept isolated in the hospital.

People are treated by antibiotics that treat bacteria that causes pneumonia, antiviral medication although it is said to be unknown if they are efficient, high doses of steroids to reduce swelling in the lungs and oxygen, breathing support or even chest therapy.

Nobody has time for this...

Ways you could prevent yourself from catching this disease is by:

- limiting their time outside of the home until ten days after your fever has stopped and their respiratory systems improve

- frequently wash your hands with soap and water or with alcohol based hand runs

- avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth

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Some interesting facts about this interesting yet deadly disease is:

- In the United States, there were thirty-three people who were infected the first year it showed up

- Scientist still aren't sure what causes SARS or how and where it originated

- Over eighteen thousand cases were reported world wide during the 2003 outbreak. In Canada about ten percent of those infected with SARS died from the disease. Since that outbreak, a few cases were reported in 2004 but no cases have been reported since.

- At least 774 individuals died

- First appeared in Southern China

- The corona virus gets its title from the halo or crown (corona) that is shown when the virus is viewed by an electron microscope.

SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome
SARS Virus - Severe acute respiratory syndrome