By: Nick Beiter

What is SARS?

SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, it is caused by the coronavirus illness. The first case of SARS was reported in Asia in February 2003. The disease ravaged more than two dozen countries before it was contained. The outbreak led to 774 deaths and a total of 8,098 people being infected worldwide, even though only 8 people in the United States ever contracted SARS. The last reported case of SARS was in China in 2004 and was traced back to a laboratory accident.

What are the symptoms of SARS?

SARS typically begins with a high fever. Other symptoms may include headache, an overall feeling of discomfort, and body aches. Some people may also have mild respiratory symptoms at the outset. Some patients may also have diarrhea.

After 2 to 7 days, SARS patients may start develop a dry cough. This in most cases then leads to the onset of Pneumonia

How is someone diagnosed with SARS?

When someone goes to the doctor there are several considerations that are made before a diagnosis is made.
1. Does the person show the typical symptoms of SARS?
2. Has the person recently traveled to Asia or been in close contact with someone who has?

3. Is the person employed in an occupation that is at risk, or live with someone who is at risk due to occupation?

4. Do they have Pneumonia and there are no other possible causes for the disease?

How does someone contract SARS?

SARS is spread by close contact with an infected individual, this means within a distance of 3ish feet. The disease is spread by airborne droplets, similar to the common cold. It can also be spread by hugging or kissing an infected person, or by touching an infected surface and then touching their face, mouth, or eyes.