Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Overview
Another name for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is SARS.
What is SARS?
A person with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has a severe lung infection, caused by a rare type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are responsible for the common cold. Usually, SARS causes symptoms similar to influenza. In some cases, the condition can progress to respiratory distress or respiratory failure. Since 2004, there have been no additional reported cases of SARS.
What are the symptoms of SARS?
Initial symptoms of SARS include dry cough, body aches, fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue. Symptoms of worsening SARS include a worsening cough, chest congestion, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
How does the doctor treat SARS?
Treatment for SARS may include bronchodilator medications, cough suppressant medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever. Treatment for worsening SARS may include antiviral medications, oxygen therapy, and a ventilator to support breathing.
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