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  Oct 11, 2018

SARS, Treatment, Control and Tests

Medical Treatment for SARS

Antibiotics are ineffective as SARS is a viral disease and the CDC recommends that patients with SARS receive the same treatment that would be used for a patient with any serious community-acquired atypical pneumonia.

Treatment of SARS so far has been largely supportive with antipyretics, supplemental oxygen and ventilatory support as needed - along with complete barrier nursing precautions taken for any necessary contact with these patients.

Control and Preventive Measures

There are no vaccines available for SARS-CoV but it is important to remember that one of the most effective and available measures to prevent the spread of SARS CoV is by taking respiratory precautions and scrupulous hand hygiene.

All persons with the signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection should cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, use tissues to contain respiratory secretions, which are disposed of after use and wash hands after contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects and materials.

The SARS-CoV virus if uninterrupted by cleaning or disinfectants it can survive on surfaces in the environment, such as