SARS What you need to know

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  3. by   oramar
    This could come in handy. I bookmarked it.
  4. by   angelbear
    Good info. Thanks for taking the time to share it.
  5. by   teeituptom
    A little hint
    Stay away from toronto
  6. by   Trishrpn
    I know you were just probably trying to make a joke, but as a nurse that works in a Toronto emerg dept, who has been working with SARS cases over the last two months as they came in, and who was hoping that this outbreak was over, I find the statement above quite tasteless.
  7. by   P_RN
    I just read that the researchers have found that the civet cat is a reservoir for the SARS virus. Apparently they are considered an exotic delicacy in asia.

    There are several kinds of civets. It is pursued by humans, who kil them for damaging orchards and plantations. Its feces are used in coffee made in Indonesia. The name Toddy cat comes from the name for wine that comes from the sap of the palm tree: toddy. The palm civet feeds on this sap
    Last edit by P_RN on May 25, '03
  8. by   epaminondas
    << researchers have found that the civet cat is a reservoir for the SARS virus >>

    This is very unfortunate.

    I may never drink another cup of Kopi Luwak, again.


    << as a nurse that works in a Toronto emerg dept, who has been working with SARS cases over the last two months as they came in >>


    Any front line change from the latest events, or were y'all already in full "new-normal" status?


    Toronto SARS Information:

    Travel Alert Reinstated: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    (Released May 23, 2003, 4:00 PM)

    Airport's SARS screening devices stalled
    Saturday, May 24, 2003

    SARS hits St. Mike's
    May. 25, 2003. 08:29 AM

    New SARS fears put 1,000 in quarantine
    May. 24, 2003. 02:30 PM


    General SARS Information


    Tom Buckley, M.D.:

    Paul Caulford, M.D.:,946013,00.html

    New England Journal of Medicine:

    Online book:

    International News:

    Canadian News:
  9. by   sedate_me_stat
    my friend (who used to be a very frequent user of this board) works in the hospital where the lastest outbreak has occured, she is terrified, has to only go to work and come straight home , her co workers are staffing the SARS floor, some people she works with have been admitted to hospital ,there are strict rules in place re -visiting , and she has to do her 12 hour shifts in complete garb. They are understaffed and the patients are acutely ill. In addition she has to take so many phonecalls from family members who are not allowed to visit. Each patient admitted with COPD Or pneumonia is placed on respiratory isolation as a precuation , so just imagine that.

    I also find the "stay away from toronto" offensive
    and I hope no one here has to deal with this up close and personal the way my colleagues in toronto do.
  10. by   Diana in Sweden
    please send your friend a hug from me sedate_me_stat.... that is rough.....
  11. by   toronto rn
    To give you an idea of the serious attitude taken towards the SARS outbreak in Toronto, log on to and go to the SARS news report and click on unedited video. This will give you the latest updates recorded live.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well I for one, thank you nurses dealing with SARS on the front lines. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It must be HELL for you!

    It could be ANY of us, anywhere, Tom, even deep in the heart of Texas, Heaven forbid. I would hate the thought of bringing home such a disease to my precious kids and husband; my heart quakes at the thought. Therefore, to me, Jokes and trite remarks are uncalled-for in the face of such a serious crisis.
  13. by   epaminondas
    5,000 are in Quarantine. A school has closed.

    Hospitals are in infectious disease mode.

    The Canadian health care establishment has been concealing the true extent of SARS.

    There is no reason not to visit Toronto.

    Y'all come visit - ya hear?

    Focus on tourism exacts a high price
    May. 29, 2003. 01:00 AM

    Hong Kong shows us how to combat SARS
    May. 29, 2003. 01:00 AM

    Nurses demand danger pay
    May. 29, 2003. 08:02 AM

    SARS lessons easily forgotten
    May. 29, 2003. 01:00 AM

    SARS kills man who went to work
    May. 29, 2003. 06:54 AM.

    The WHO is behind Canada 1000%.

    See if you can find the "gotcha" in the WHO travel table in regard to travel to and from Canada:

    To your health -

  14. by   toronto rn
    Epaminondas- It is very easy for you to criticize. There isn't a country in the world which could have handled this outbreak with 100% effectiveness. No one knew what they were dealing with and answers are still being sought. If you rely on newspapers for your analysis and insights you are basing them on already biased information. There is no doubt that mistakes were made. There is no doubt that isolation practices were relaxed to soon. Hindsight is always 20/20. But putting things into perspective Toronto has a population of 4 million people, based on current information the chances of catching SARS in Toronto is less than 0.001% unless you are a health care worker. Most of the people affected in this latest outbreak are nurses. Quarantine prevents community spread and so far it has worked admirably. So criticize away. Being incognito on this board means you will never have to deal with such a situation or face the same scrutiny.

    I thank the other nurses on this board who have been ultimately supportive and show the integrity and caring that the art of nursing is based on.
    Last edit by toronto rn on May 30, '03