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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 cholesterol.

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

Symptoms for SEVER ACUTE RESPITORY SYNDROME ARE:
  1. A temperature greater then 100.5 F (38 C)
  2. Chills, body aches and headaches
  3. Coughing, difficulty breathing
  4. A blue skin color (Including lips, fingers and tongue)
  5. Chest pain
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 immediately.

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 prevention.

Washing your hands repeatedly as well as maintaining a sterile living and working environment are basic preventative measures you can take against SARS.

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.











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