May 03 2015
Essay on my research of SARS
In the year 2002, the disease SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) ravaged the modern world, spreading via airlines and other means of worldwide transportation. From my seventh grade biology class in the year 2011, I learned much about SARS. Below is what I knew before further research.
In 2002, SARS appeared in China. It soon used international airports and cargo shipments to spread across the rest of the modern world. Because of this, it was mostly prevalent in larger cities of which contained airports that served as hubs of international travel. It was discovered that the virus was a strain of the common cold of which affected domesticated fowl such as chickens. Somehow, it …show more content…
Since it is the same virus as the common cold, it cannot be cured.
In early February 2003, someone infected with what would later be known as SARS was brought to a hospital in Guangzou where he infected a doctor who in turn infected 16 hospital guests in one day(21% of people that contracted SARS during the entire pandemic were healthcare workers.). One of the doctors at the hospital traveled to Hong Kong, bringing SARS into the Metropark Hotel, starting one of the most famous and pivotal outbreaks in the pandemic. Almost 300 guests and employees were quarantined inside. The doctor who brought it there infected 20 people.
After that, SARS spread through international airports with outbreaks in more than 24 countries including but not limited to Canada, Germany, Singapore,Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam. The symptoms including fevers of 100.4 degrees farenheit, diarhea, headaches, coughing, and body aches. What made it worse was that it could spread easily and there was no cure. The only way to stop it was to quarantine those that had it and keep them alive long enough for their body to fight it off. This is what the World Health Organization did, but by the time it was brought to a close in July 2003 SARS had infected 8,185 with a death toll of 774 giving it a death rate of 1 out of …show more content…
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