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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Causes & Risks


SARS is caused by a type of virus called a coronavirus. The virus is spread from droplets in the air. The droplet come from spray when a sick individual sneezes or coughs. The virus can also be picked up from objects that an ill person has touched.

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing SARS:

  • Recent travel to locations in Asia where SARS outbreaks have been reported
  • Close contact with someone who has SARS
  • Healthcare workers who care for patients with SARS

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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