A new disease, SARS, believed to have
originated in China's Guangdong province, has affected people
The main symptoms of SARS are high fever
(above 38 degrees), a dry cough, and difficulty breathing
(shortness of breath). A runny nose or wet cough (like a
common cold) are NOT symptoms of SARS.
It is very important for everyone to keep
fully informed of this disease while, at the same time, not
spreading rumours that may cause panic in our communities.
Because the disease is new, and because we
do not yet know its cause, many people have become very
frightened. We need to remember that the death rate from SARS
(3 to 4% of victims) is only a little more than from influenza
(2 to 2.5% of victims).
At the same time, it is very important to
keep informed from reliable sources of information in
order to protect ourselves and our families.
This week, unfortunately, some of my
students have passed on rumours about SARS in our community.
Such rumours have lead to loss of business, unnecessary fears,
and discrimination against people of certain races.
As a teacher, I urge you to stay informed.
For this reason, I point you to sources of information that
are the best available. Visit the first two links often, read
your newspaper, listen to the radio or watch TV, and remember
that information passed from friend to friend is very often
unreliable and incorrect.
The Latest Google News about SARS (severe
acute respiratory syndrome)
World Health Organization Frequently Asked
Questions on SARS
Guidelines on Prevention of Communicable
Diseases (Hand washing etc.)
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