The mission of every Infectious Awareables™ tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as SARS. We hope to inspire the desire for further knowledge while creating awareness. The intricate SARS design will certainly be appreciated by all.
- Color: Blue
- Dimensions: 3.75'' x 58.0''
- Material: Silk
Learn About SARS
What is SARS?
SARS, also known as "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome", is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). The first case of SARS was reported in Asia in February of 2003. Within just a few months, the illness spread to more than two dozen countries including North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the global outbreak was contained. Continue reading for basic information about the illness and what CDC did to control SARS in the United States.
Symptoms of SARS
In general, SARS begins with a high fever (temperature greater than 100.4°F [>38.0°C]). Other symptoms may include headache, an overall feeling of discomfort, and body aches. Some people also have mild respiratory symptoms at the outset. About 10 percent to 20 percent of patients have diarrhea. After 2 to 7 days, SARS patients may develop a dry cough. Most patients develop pneumonia.
SARS appears to spread mainly through close person-to-person contact. The virus that causes SARS is thought to be transmitted most readily by respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This can happen when droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person are propelled a short distance (up to 3 feet) through the air and deposited on the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes of persons nearby. The virus can also spread from a person touching surfaces or objects contaminated with infectious droplets and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or eye(s). In addition, it is possible that the SARS virus might spread more broadly through the air (airborne) or by other ways that are not now known.
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