SARS

What is SARS?

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is caused by a virus that’s very similar to the common cold one — and it spreads in the same way (through airborne cough and sneezing germs, or direct contact). Unlike the common cold, though, SARS can become a serious illness and can even lead to death — but fortunately such cases are rare and highly unlikely if you’re fit and healthy.

Symptom summary

  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle ache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache

Prevention tips

Mythbusters

  • I can catch SARS by sitting in the same room as someone with the disease

    Not true! SARS is spread via direct contact with someone suffering from the disease e.g. hugging or sharing eating and drinking utensils.

  • Avoiding pork but drinking plenty of alcohol will increase your resistance to SARS…

    Again, the 2003 outbreak gave birth to this myth. And again, it’s untrue. There is no connection between SARS and diet. But drinking excessively could actually depress your immune system and make your body less able to combat the disease!

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Nguồn y tế: Cơ quan Y tế Anh  British Health Authority
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