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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Symptoms & Diagnosis


If you experience any of these, do not assume it is due to SARS. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. See your doctor if you experience any one of them:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.

Tests may include the following:

  • Blood tests—can reveal the presence of immune cells made by your body to fight the SARS virus
  • Tests on samples of blood, sputum, stool, or other tissue—can reveal the presence of the virus that causes 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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