How do I know whether I got SARS?

  Check out if you have any of these SARS symptoms:

  • high fever (greater than 38.0癈 or 100.4 F)
  • dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or breathing difficulties.
  • headache, an overall feeling of discomfort, body aches, muscular stiffness, loss of appetite, malaise, confusion, rash
    and diarrhea.

  • have you been in contact within the last 10 days with someone who has those symptoms with SARS or a history of travel
    to affected areas, including Toronto, Vancouver, Guangdong province in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan?

  • have you travelled to SARS affected countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, and etc?

    The symptoms of SARS will appear within two to seven days after exposure.

 

  What to do if I have the above SARS symptoms?

     
  • Wear a surgical mask.
  • Go to hospital and identify to the doctors that you have SARS symptoms

 

  How to treat SARS?

     
  • SARS treatment is required to be done in hospital.
  • People who are suspected of having SARS are placed in isolation to protect other patients and health care workers.
  • No medication has been proven to cure SARS at the moment. Treatment has been made with antivirals, intravenous
    (into a vein) fluids and steroids with some success.

 

  How does SARS spread?

     
  • By close person-to-person contact which involve exposure to infectious droplets from a person who has SARS.
  • By direct contact with infected body fluids like, respiratory secretions from a person who has SARS.
  • Via droplets by sneezing, touching the skin of other people or objects that are diseased with infectious droplets and
    then touching your eye(s), nose, or mouth. This is because the virus can live for weeks outside the human body.
  • The virus may be spread through the air, water or even other ways that are currently not known (not verified at the
    moment).


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