Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (cont.)
How Often Is Follow-up Needed After SARS Treatment?
SARS was (and possibly may be again in the future) a serious viral illness that requires prompt medical attention and hospitalization. Once the person is discharged from the hospital, follow-up care with a doctor should be scheduled.
How Can People Prevent SARS?
People in direct, close contact with someone who has had SARS were at greatest risk for infection. People with SARS or those at risk for SARS should follow the guidelines outlined below. The WHO and CDC have established guidelines to help in the prevention and spread of SARS.
- Limit time outside of the home. People with SARS should not go to work, school, child care facilities, or any public place until 10 days after their fever has ended and their respiratory symptoms are improving.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water, use an alcohol-based hand rub, or both, especially after being in contact with bodily fluids such as respiratory fluids or urine.
- Wear disposable gloves when in contact with bodily fluids from a person with SARS. After use, throw the gloves away immediately and thoroughly wash the hands.
- Wear a surgical mask.
- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
- Do not share eating utensils, towels, or bedding. Thoroughly wash these items with soap and hot water after use by a person who is infected.
- Use a household disinfectant on any surface that may be contaminated, such as countertops or doorknobs. Wear disposable gloves while cleaning these surfaces.
- Follow these guidelines for at least 10 days after the symptoms have resolved.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/21/2016