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How do I care for someone with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a contagious illness that can be serious.Fortunately, there have been no reported cases since 2004.

A person providing care for an infected individual should follow doctor's instructions and ensure that the individual gets adequate sleep, fluids, and nutrition, and whatever medicine has been prescribed. It is also important to protect yourself from contracting the illness. This can be done by washing hands frequently, wearing an approved respirator (mask) when near the infected person, wearing gloves when there is potential contact with bodily fluids or when handling potentially infected objects, such as bedding and towels, and disinfecting surfaces that may have been touched by the infected individual. Be alert to any symptoms that you may have caught the illness--fever, chills, aches, cough, headache--and if you do, see the doctor.

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