How do other illnesses affect severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

People who have other illnesses are more vulnerable to severe acute respiratory symptom (SARS). This seems to be especially true of the elderly, as evidenced in the 2003 outbreak. Mortality rates for the elderly during the 2003 outbreak were as high as 50 percent. Conditions that put others at higher risk of complications include diabetes and underlying problems of the lungs or heart.

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