Other than washing your hands frequently and wearing a mask when coming
in contact with large groups of people, concentration on pre-emptive
measures will increase your chances of avoiding infection.
Concentration on strengthening the immune system is vital. This can be
done by achieved by a healthy diet high in protein, veggies, garlic and
vitamins- while decreasing foods with a high percentage of fat and
If you are a smoker, drug user or heavy drinker, your risk level is greater
for acute infections because your immunity levels are always down.
A high level of stress can also lower your immune system, so try to stay
calm in the face of this epidemic. Worrying about it too much can
literally cause more harm than good.
An increase in cleanliness around your home and work place is also
encouraged, as scientists have hinted that SARS can be transmitted through
a variety of carriers, ranging from food, feces, as well as through casual
contact from touching objects such as doorknobs and tabletops.
All of this may seem pretty casual and normal, but if you think about how
many times you touch something that has been touched by hundreds of people,
then touch your face or mouth without washing your hands, it becomes
obvious that infection is not that far fetched of a concept.
Portable hand sanitizers are an inexpensive tool for fighting infections.
With President Bush giving doctors the right to impose a 10-day quarantine
on suspected patients, many believed it might be better not to get checked
out for fear of being separated from society.
Home and herbal remedies not prescribed from a health care specialist can
cause serious problems, including fatality. It is believed that the
reason death rates amongst less developed countries is so high, is that
the people either do not have access to or do not wish to receive,
conventional medical treatment, nor are they being provided with
affordable or accessible treatments.
Since we still do not clearly understand how this disease is spread, there
is as much confusion as there are diagnoses. Some scientists believe that
the infection can be contracted when we touch a contaminated object, but
others believe that roaches, sewage systems or casual contact can spread
the disease as well.
Most patients (90 percent) who have been diagnosed with SARS have recovered
within about 10 days of a diagnosis with the only side effects being that
of a common cold. Some have received treatments that include antibiotics
for atypical pneumonia, antiviral agents (such as Ribavirin), and in serious
cases, some success has been achieved with steroids and anti-biotics.
SARS attacks the respiratory system in the same way most Lung Infections do.
Respiratory failure exists when the lungs can no longer perform by
themselves. If this is the case, the odds of survival could be ominous.
Symptoms for SEVER ACUTE RESPITORY SYNDROME ARE:
If you have traveled to a place where the disease is believed to have
originated from (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam or Singapore), and are
experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult with your doctor
- A temperature greater then 100.5 F (38 C)
- Chills, body aches and headaches
- Coughing, difficulty breathing
- A blue skin color (Including lips, fingers and tongue)
- Chest pain
If you¡¯ve had close contact with a person with a respiratory illness who
has traveled to a SARS infected area, or with a person who suspects that
they have a SARS, medical attention is highly recommended. Close contact
is defined as having cared for, having lived with, or having direct
contact with respiratory secretions and/or body fluids of a patient who
suspects that they have SARS.
HOLD UP! SARS ON THE MOVE.
While the world deals with the latest fatalities and paranoia in regards
to the SARS epidemic, scientists and researchers have unveiled a new
twist in the saga. The virus on which SARS is transmitted is now
believed to be able to exist in human waste for at least 4 days.
The World Health Organization¡¯s (WHO) chief scientist, Dr. Klaus Sthor,
told the Associated Press this discovery was ¡°the most exciting, or
perhaps disturbing, finding.¡± Originally, SARS was thought to be
transmitted by casual contact from coughs and sneezes, but it now appears
that human waste may be an even greater carrier of the mutated Corona
Virus that SARS is transmitted through.
Without getting too graphic, it appears that the Alkaline in the feces
has much to do with how long the Virus can survive. In normal, solid
stool, the life expectancy for SARS is about two days, but in diarrhea,
which has a higher level of Alkaline, the virus can exist even longer.
The danger in this long lifespan is of course, the possibility of
mutation. The threat of a sever outbreak of this syndrome could still
spread rapidly throughout underdeveloped countries who are not properly
equipped with adequate sewage systems.
There is still no hard evidence on how much exposure is needed for someone
to become infected, but the WHO has found that disinfectants such as
chlorine bleach have killed the virus in five minutes.
Recent studies in Japan have found that SARS can stay alive on a chilled
plastic surface for up to four days. This would mean that if you were
to touch something and put it into the freezer, the virus could stay
alive inside your freezer for a significant amount of time.
The virus has been tested at temperatures of minus 100 degrees and has
shown no signs of dying.
On a national scale, SARS has taken the lives of over 500 people and
infected a staggering 8,000.
We know now that SARS is carried on a new strain of the Corona Virus family
that causes infections such as the common cold or flu, as well as causing
gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases in animals.
While there is still no cure, organizations such as the WHO and FDA have
repeatedly said that the best way to fight the disease is through
Washing your hands repeatedly as well as maintaining a sterile living and
working environment are basic preventative measures you can take against
It is interesting that, although the majority of SARS cases have spread
quickly throughout Asian countries, Korea has not reported a single case.
Some have attributed this to the high level of garlic in their foods,
along with the staple side dish of Kim Chi, a pickled cabbage that has
been known to fight infections.