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What is the main difference between sars and pneumonia?

What is the main difference between sars and pneumonia?

None: Sars is a viral pneumonia with systemic systems - i.e. It is a specific kind of pneumonia. Pneumonia is simply any infection involving the lung; fungi, viri, and bacteria can all cause pneumonia in humans.

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How does sars differ from bacterial pneumonia?

How does sars differ from bacterial pneumonia?

Virus: Sars in caused by a virus, which is a different kind of infectious organism compared to bacterial pneumonia. One consequence of this is that there is no antibiotic treatment for sars, and one must rely on support of the patient until the infection runs its course.

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What is the main difference between sars and flu?

What is the main difference between sars and flu?

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

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What is the main difference between swine flu and sars?

What is the main difference between swine flu and sars?

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.

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What is the difference between influenza and sars?

What is the difference between influenza and sars?

Totally different: While both diseases affect the lung, they are caused by 2 distinct viruses. Influenza is a common yearly seasonal infection. Sars was a rare onetime event which isn't likely to recur.

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What's the difference between rds, ARDS and sars?

Definition: Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a condition which has multiple triggers and a complex pathophysiology. Sars is a viral infection which has the capacity to cause ards.

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What is the difference between ARDS and sars?

What is the difference between ARDS and sars?

Definition: Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a condition which has multiple triggers and a complex pathophysiology. Sars is a viral infection which has the capacity to cause ards.

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What's the difference between ARDS and sars? Which is more dangerous?

What's the difference between ARDS and sars? Which is more dangerous?

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.

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Have their been any cases of the sars virus in the u.S?

Have their been any cases of the sars virus in the u.S?

In 2003,: There were 30 or so cases of 'probable sars' in the usa, only 8 were shown to be antibody positive and all these acquired the virus outside the usa.

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How long can sars-cov survive in the environment

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).

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What is causing the sars outbreak?

SARS-CoV: It is caused by a virus known as the sars-associated coronavirus. It is a relatively newly recognized virus.

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Do people with sars have a lot of pain?

Do people with sars have a lot of pain?

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).

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What are the signs and symptoms of sars

What are the signs and symptoms of sars

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.

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What are some preventive methods for sars?

What are some preventive methods for sars?

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.

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How long is a person with sars infectious to others?  

CDC says: 10 days after the resolution of symptoms, especially fever the person with a confirmed sars case can leave isolation.

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What can be done to prevent someone from getting sars?

What can be done to prevent someone from getting sars?

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.

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Is a person with sars contagious before symptoms appear?

Yes: Often, early in the incubation period the patient will shed virus prior to becoming ill; usually for this virus that period can be 3-10 days.

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If there is another outbreak of sars, how can I protect myself?  

Healthy lifestyle: Lead a healthy lifestyle - avoid anything that may compromise your immune system - smoking, excessive drinking, maintain good exercise routine and weight. If there is such an outbreak, you will need to exercise standard precautions - frequent handwashing, avoiding congested areas or those areas where incidence of it is high. Wearing a mask may not be a bad idea either.

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Can having diabetes lead to an increased chance of getting sars?

Maybe: Diabetes when uncontrolled has proinflammatory as well as decreased immune cell functions. Think of excess blood sugar like driving thru heavy la traffific. Thus the body is predisposed to various infections including sars.

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What is sars? Is sars fatal? Can living in a big city increase the risk?

SARS: 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.

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