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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. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) (Definition)

A severe viral respiratory illness. It is contagious, and may be life-threatening. Common symptoms include cough, trouble breathing, and high fever. ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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

Stay away: Sars is a virus which is spread by coughing or sneezing. If we have another outbreak stay away from infected people. Wash your hands frequently too. Infected people are likely to be quarintined. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Anyone know anything useful tidbits of information about the sars outbreak in back 2002?

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

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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

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Is it possible to remove the sars virus from the host?

Is it possible to remove the sars virus from the host?

There is: No consensus on what if anything should be used for sars therapy but it does not appear to cause chronic infection in man. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars)?

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

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What exactly is sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and what willit do?

What exactly is sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and what willit do?

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

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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

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What happens to a sars-virus infected cell?

It dies: The virus takes over the metabolic processes of the cell and begins to replicate more viruses. When the cell is depleted of energy it dies. ...Read more

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Could a mask actually protect from sars or bird flu?

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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more