Prepping for SARS

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, more commonly know as
SARS, is a virulently infectious disease caused by a coronavirus.
Several kinds of viruses cause the common cold and Coronavirus
is one of them. There are six coronaviruses, among them one is
SARS and the other is
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
(MERS). Coronaviruses are known to mutate, which makes SARS
especially dangerous.

With a SARS epidemic may come quarantines, restrictions at
hospitals, interruption of businesses and the local economy.
That's the easy part! The horror of the disease for a patient is
that even an oxygen mask does not feel like enough air.

If you get SARS, currently you have a 1 in 16 chance of survival.
SARS started in 2002 in southern China, when a previously
unknown virus jumped from small mammals to man. This is the
story of SARS...





















What you need to know about SARS...

  • SARS is coming! While the last case in the United States
    was in May 2014, the likelihood of MERS coming here is
    currently still slim according to the Centers for Disease
    Control (CDC).

  • Incubation is 2-10 days: SARS

  • How is SARS transmitted?
  • Droplets. With coughs or sneezes, SARS can be spread by
    droplets that may come in close contact by hands or
    objects and can be contagious for six hours when wet and
    2 hours after having dried.
  • Air. Airborne transmission is possible.
  • Stool. The virus can live in stool for up to 4 days!

  • Older people are most at risk. Deaths in the 2003
    outbreak occurred mainly in the older population (people
    aged 65 and above). This age group has a 50% death rate
    upon infection.

Dealing with SARS
With impending danger of SARS entering the United States, it's
time to prepare!

How do you keep SARS from spreading and from getting it
yourself?
Here's how to deal with the problem of this fatal severe
respiratory infection ...

  • Know the symptoms:
  • Fever above 100.4 Fahrenheit
  • Body and muscle aches, chills
  • Headache and malaise
  • Dry cough (less common is a cough with phlegm)
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath and
    swelling of the lungs
  • Sometimes diarrhea
  • Atypical pneumonia
  • Less common: runny nose, nausea and vomiting,
    dizziness, sore throat

  • Complications include:
  • Liver failure
  • Heart failure
  • Respiratory failure

  • Treatments for SARS include:

Preparations for SARS
In preparing for this next disease outbreak, your SARS pandemic
shopping list could include:
  • N95 pandemic masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Adult diapers
  • Hazardous materials waste bags
  • Bleach or Steramine Quaternizing tablets
  • licorice root extract

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