What's in a Disease


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Better known as SARS.This disease is a severe form of pneumonia.

Virus or Bacteria

SARS is part of the coronavirus family therefore it is a virus. SARS is in the same family as the common cold. The incubation period of SARS is 2-10 days.
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SARS is transmitted when the infected sneeze or cough, they spray infected droplets into the air.
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The symptoms of SARS are chills and shaking, fever, cough, and muscle aches.
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Mortality Rate

The mortality rate of SARS differs from country. In first world countries the mortality rate is 2%-6% of people die. In third world countries the mortality rate is 9%-12%.

Is There A Cure?

Since it is a virus it cannot be killed, only silenced. There are antibiotics that can stop the symptoms. SARS can be treated easily, but in third world countries they do not have the medicine to fight it.

Deeper Thinking

What would result if SARS spread around the world? SARS can be easily treated with antibiotics. In third world countries it would take longer to treat.

How is SARS related to Ebola? SARS is an airborne virus such as Ebola.

What would you recommend doing, to people with SARS? Breathe while using a ventilator, antibiotics, antiviral medications, high doses of steroids to reduce swelling in the lungs.

What would happen if SARS spread worse? The world would be alerted and people could prepare by taking antibiotics to beef up their immune system.