Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

By Chloe Wilson

How is the disease transmitted?

The main way SARS is transmitted by is close contact. It can also be transmitted by anything containing the contaminated respiratory system.

What is the Cause and Symptoms?

The cause of SARS is a coronavirus. The symptoms of SARS are severe. If you had it, First you would get a high temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, The symptoms can happen in a random order. You would get a headache, Body aches, and overall discomfort. About 10 to 20% of infected people have diarrhea. After 2 to 7 days, Patients will develop a dry cough. After all those symptoms, The patient has a high chance of getting Pneumonia.

How is SARS treated?

SARS is usually treated similar to Pneumonia, although there aren't many effective treatments. Using tubes for oxygen and medicine called Bronchodilators, The patient will have open airways.

Ways you can prevent getting SARS

If you wouldn't want SARS, here are ways to prevent it. First of all, Don't live with anyone who has it. Since close contact is the main cause, That would almost definitely earn you SARS. You also shouldn't share fluids with a contaminated person. That means no hugging, Kissing, Sharing foods or sharing drinks with anyone who has SARS.

4 Cool Facts About SARS

1. SARS had a large outbreak that infected 8,437 people worldwide!
2. No reported cases have been found since 2004.

3. No deaths have happened in the USA from SARS

4. Little is known, But the knowledge scientists have is pushed a long way to stop outbreaks from occurring again.