SARS is a severe respiratory disease that exhibits itself as acute pneumonia. The initials SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It is a chronic disease who contraction is viral. The disease was first discovered or reported in the People’s Republic of China back in 2003. It has spread to other parts of the world, most prevalent in USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Vietnam. Scientists have previously linked this disease to another unrecognized, chronic disease known as Corona-virus.
When considering the rate of spread of SARS, it is one of those killer diseases whose attack depends on person-to-person contact. It is highly viral in such a manner that, direct contact with infectious material from an infected patient could increase chances of contracting the disease. The fact that it’s viral means that contact to droplets resulting from coughs of a patient could result in an attack. Similarly, there are possibilities that the disease is spread through the air together with other means, though the latter is not yet verified.
SARS Treatment and Prevention
Even though this deadly disease does exhibit characteristic symptoms such as heightened fever of about 38oC or more, general discomfort coupled with body aches, mild respiratory disorders that result into dry coughs and difficulty in breathing among other symptoms, it could be prevented.
There is no permanent or verified cure for this disease. However, use of several antibiotics used to treat pneumonia together with antiviral drugs could help. Use of Oseltamivir or ribavirin sessional therapy have been applied to cure the disease. There have been positive results in patients who have taken administrations of combined Ribavirin with Or Intravenous.
As a preventive care practice, good hygiene will help to predispose you to SARS virus attack. It is important to use protective wear when you notice anyone around you who exhibits these symptoms. Most importantly, any suspected SARS patients have to be quarantined!