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What Is The Main Difference Between Sars And Pneumonia
SARS vs influenza: Both of these viral infections are bad news- SARS is worse, since there's no good antiviral treatment or vaccine-whereas at least flu has antiviral medication and a vaccine that can help tremendously. SARS is a corona virus (looks like a little crown under an electron microscope). Flu is an orthomyxovirus. Good hygiene practices go a long way in preventing these diseases. Luckily no SARS right now ...Read more
Viral type: The sars illness was caused by a coronavirus and "swine flu" is the influenza subtype h1n1. Both result in a severe pneumonia and can result in mutliple organ failure leading to death. The mortality rate of sars was much higher than the pandemic h1n1, as was the propensity to spread via the air. ...Read more
Ards: Sars can cause ards. Both are serious but ARDS is a bad condition by definition. Sars can become very serious but isn't always. ...Read more
Not clear: No studies have been published on inactivation periods of the virus outside of a living organism; using similar viri survival periods were found to be 5 to 28 days depending on temperature and humidity. Survival was longest for low humidity and low temperature (4 degrees c and 20% relative humidity). ...Read more
Not frm virus itself: The virus itself doesn't cause discomfort or pain, but rather it is how our body responds to the virus (inflammation of the respiratory tract leading to secretions and respiratory congestion), and the tests we need to perform that will typically cause pain (phlebotomy, bronchoscopy, intubation, central line insertions, Foley catheterizations, etc). ...Read more
Respiratory symptoms: In general, severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars), begins with a high fever (temp >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 10-20% of patients have diarrhea. After 2 to 7 days, sars patients may develop a dry cough. Most patients develop pneumonia. ...Read more
Avoidance: Avoid endemic areas (of which there are currently none) and outbreaks (also none); if you need to go into one (should one occur), wear protective gear (if you don't know what this is, don't go). It is not something you should worry about now; regular pneumonia and influenza kill many thousands of americans each year - wash your hands and get vaccinated. ...Read more
Avoid endemic areas: Avoiding areas where there is an outbreak is the best way... But if you can't (i.e. You are a healthcare worker or are in the military), wearing an n95 mask when you are in the presence of people who may be ill + total contact precautions is recommended. (respiratory droplet and contact precautions). The cdc has a webpage: http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncidod/sars/ with more detail. ...Read more
I'd be more concerned over the smog than sars. But to answer question sars is
severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars) is a serious form of pneumonia. It is caused by a virus that was first identified in 2003. It carries a very high mortality. Just go and be happy in the city. Live your life. Worrying only shortens it. ...Read more
Useful tidbit?: Not sure what a useful tidbit would be - luckily we haven't had sars documented since 2003. As far as I know there was never a case documented outside of china. ...Read more
Expat in singapore. Concerned about sars. Am I the only person here who is really scared of this disease?
Probably: Sars has not been detected in a long time, and the epidemic from many years ago has not repeated itself. Individual cases may pop up, but I have not heard of them, and I monitor the cdc web site for epidemic data regularly. ...Read more
Unusual presentation: The prodrome is often somewhat prolonged, lasting for three to seven days and is characterized by fever (temperature ≥100.5ºf [>38ºc]) malaise, headache, and myalgias. Unlike many all other resp viral prodromes, most patients have no upper resp symptoms during this stage. At the end of this prodrome, the respiratory phase begins with a nonproductive cough, and may lead to dyspnea and resp failure. ...Read more
Novel coronavirus: Sars or severe acute respiratory syndrome was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. It was found that this virus infected civets and horseshoe bats which were the zoonotic natural resevoirs. ...Read more
How many people contracted sars worldwide during the 2003 outbreak? How many people died of sars worldwide?
Http://www. Biomedcentral. Com/1471-2334/10/50
8422 cases and 916 deaths. ...Read more
How many people contracted sars in the united states during the 2003 outbreak? How many people died of sars in the united states?
8/0: There were 8 confirmed cases in the US. None of them died. ...Read more
Was the sars epidemic in 2003 "engineered" by the pharmaceutical industry a big hoax to for them to market their drugs?
Absolutely not: There are no drugs which treat sars so there was no way to profit from a random outbreak of a devastating viral infection. Ascribing evil intent to pharmaceutical companies is a popular meme, but few industries can boast such an improvement in our everyday lives. ...Read more
Yes: Any n95 mask in a properly fitted person will protect against sars is it is properly worn and the individual washes her hands and does not expose his or her eyes to the bodily fluids of an infected person. ...Read more
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