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Apr 25, '03A-Rose,
SARS is known to be an RNA type coronavirus. Medical science has learned much in a short amount of time about the virus since its hiding place was revealed.
It won't be very much longer and there will be a known interferon for it.
Be patient. Learn as much as you can about it. There are some great links to information on this BB........As usual.
Apr 25, '03I live in Toronto and am cautious, but I can't say I am afraid of getting SARS. I use all my precautions at the hospital and work mainly with a very low risk population. It isn't a huge concern to me as far as my own health goes.
Apr 25, '03All the press acts like SARS is the new Plague....I don't know. Until the mortality rate goes on a significant rise and it becomes widespread (and by widespread I do NOT mean a few thousand cases in a world of 6 BILLION people) I'll still find the Flu to be a bigger threat. It kills more elderly and infirm every year than SARS does. Am I afraid of it? No, I'm young and healthy and from what I've heard, those aren't the ones dying of it. It's the elderly and infirm, for the most part. I don't worry about West Nile either because it kills the very old and the very young, and that mortality rate has been low too. I can understand the fears and worries of those who live in close quarters but here in the States it's TB that hits those in close quarters, and most of us live well spaced apart.
Maybe all that answers your question, huh?
Apr 25, '03To answer your question, a-rose, no I'm not afraid of SARS or most other diseases out there. Research, education, and proper precautions combat any fear. At this point most countries are very aware of SARS and are pretty well prepared to contain outbreaks.
Would I go and deliberately expose myself? No, not really. Neither would I refuse to work with a SARS patient. I think most people on the boards would feel the same. I'm still a student, but I've had patients with HIV, Hep C, and Tb. I'm still alive and well.
It's just something that we need to be aware of, but not worry about.
Apr 25, '03I am not afraid. I have a great faith and when it is my time to go, I will go! I do not live my life in fear as I know that my Creator determines what I will die from, and worry is useless. I will NOT , however knowingly put myself in harm's way by engaging in dangerous activities or habits. Most of the time "catching" a condition is beyond your control. Does that mean I will never fly again, because I may be exposed to a dread disease-or not go shopping because someone may be contagious. I don't think so. Life is too short to spend it worrying or in isolation.
Apr 25, '03Originally posted by P_RN
Newly found virus kills West Nile mosquito
By JEFF NESMITH
Apr 25, '03A-rose if you would, Please share your perspective and experiences as someone speaking who lives in China. I for one, would love to hear your opinion and feelings on this!
Apr 25, '03a-rose! I have been worried about you! Did you get my email? Tell us how you and your family are and how the medical personel in China are coping.
And yes, I am worried about SARS. I am a little to close to Canada for my comfort and we have a couple of cases in my town already. But as of yet I am not hiding.
Apr 25, '03I can't say I'm scared but cautious. I've been following it on the internet from different sources. Yesterday I read that the virus is beginning to mutate which is throwing off the testing for the virus in the potentially infected.
Also I read that the mortality rate is 4.5%, the Spanish flu of 1918 was 2.5%. I haven't done any digging to see if that is a reliable number for either mortality rates.
I know with the cancellation of all schools in Bejing there are rumors that they will soon be under martial law. Many are flocking out of the city who are potentially already infected that will make it even more difficult to contain.
One thing about the internet, you never really know if the info you read is accurate...but I keep reading away anyway.
Apr 25, '03I live in Ontario Canada and work in an ICU.
I am not afraid of SARS. I go to Toronto on a regular basis and I can tell you the media reports are most definitely out of control. Hopefully things will calm down and people can see this in a more realistic light. At least in terms of North America. I do think Sars is here to stay, to some degree.
I know that in some countries, like China, the common pratice is to have patients on BiPap machines which, it has been found, mobilizes the virus even more and sends it airborne, which makes sense if you have ever worked with Bipaps. One of the problems that I think has lead to the closure of so many hospitals in China.
I think we need to see this for what it is. It is a new virus. However, we also have to keep in mind that, for example 3000 ( yes, three thousand) people DIE EVERY DAY from AIDS- mostly in Africa. I think that if this virus makes it way to places like Africa, where they are already reeling with AIDS.... it will be a real and present danger.
I want to tell people again, no one is wearing masks in Toronto, unless they work in a hospital, or are lead down the garden path by the media and have been taken in by fear and ignorance. Sars is not in the community in Toronto..it remains in the health care setting.
I wish all who are dealing with this the courage and stength it will take to remain well informed.
Take care A-Rose!Last edit by JMP on Apr 25, '03
Apr 25, '03Am I afraid I might get SARS. Just a little tiny bit. I am perfectly aware I am more likely to die of cancer or a heart attack than SARS.
Apr 26, '03Originally posted by P_RN
a-rose are YOU scared of SARS ?
In fact, many Chinese are scared of SARS
In particular, in Beijing and Guangdong.