SARS FAQs

dr. simi paknikar
Medically Reviewed by dr. simi paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Sep 26, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which Doctor should I see if I develop SARS-like symptoms?

You should see a general physician or a chest specialist if you suffer from SARS-like symptoms.

2. Is there any protective vaccine for SARS?

Currently, there is no cure or protective vaccine for SARS. Pharmaceutical companies are in the process of developing a vaccine against the disease. However, it is likely to take years to develop a safe and standard vaccine.

Two research groups (Canadian and U.S.-based) have mapped the genome sequence of the corona virus. This has given scientists the information about the protein production, cell infection, and replication process of the virus. This knowledge can be used as the basis for developing vaccines and to target anti-viral drugs against the disease. Researchers are also in the process of developing a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of SARS.

3. What precautions should be undertaken to prevent the spread of SARS?
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands
  • Encourage people around you to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid sharing food, drink or utensils.
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces with a disinfectant.

4. What are the complications of SARS?

Complications of SARS include -
  • Respiratory failure
  • Liver failure
  • Heart failure

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