You have probably seen this already, but just to close the loop on my March 16 post about this...

The good news is it looks like they figured out what it is. The bad news is that it will probably be years before they have a vaccine or a cure. The good news is it doesn't spread so easily.

I commend the WHO et al. Everyone did a great job coordinating by email, keeping everyone informed without causing a panic. Great execution. I felt more informed than any other such threat in the past. On the other hand, if the bug had gone into a full blown outbreak, there might have been a panic...

BBC
Scientists in Hong Kong have claimed a key breakthrough against a virulent form of pneumonia which is claiming more victims around the world.

The researchers have identified the mystery respiratory illness at the heart of a global health scare as a virus from the paramyxoviridae family, which are responsible for conditions such as mumps and measles.
[...]
"It is rather slow-moving, rather restricted to families and hospitals, not a rip-roaring affair, but still very nasty.

"There are no anti-viral drugs against this family of viruses, and there are no vaccines available. It will be a question of several years work.

"But it is not fantastically infectious, so I wouldn't expect there to be a massive outbreak in other parts of the world."

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god i hope that's not what i have! I've been sick for an entire week
now :(

No problem Jian. Thanks for the trackback. What version of MT are you using?

I WILL FIND THE CURE FOR SARS... NO MATTER WHAT I WILL NEVER GIVE IT UP

UnKnoW, thanks for your commitment. I wish you find it at last.

we just moved to Xiamen 3 months ago and now we're really worried about this virus since we're really close to Hong Kong. THe rumor is that the Media were given instructions not to air any news about SARS in Xiamen becuase of the International Marathon that was held her yesterday.

If this virus is as deadly as HIV then I would say this world is facing a big problem. For many years HIV disease cannot be cure and so sad to see the world is still in war. Pray for those ppl in sick and those in sick dont worries just a normal flu.

how come there is no cure for sars. didnt people know about sars? are people workin on a cure for sars?

How many percentage survive SARS?
Are there people in more dangerous positions ( for instance i'm a diabetic)

I'm confused. I thought the virus was very contagious. I just watched Dateline tonight and they said it is as easy as catching a cold.

May be scientist can take out the DNA which produce antibody from the cell limfosit in people who has just recover from this disease and attach it into a
bacteria nucleas so that the bacteria can produce the antibody as much as possible, like insulin.

i think sars i more serious compare to your diabetic. Those ppl cant even live up 3 months.. Anyway i pray there will be a cure for it. Not only sar but hiv as well.

There is a cure for SARS, I have been writing to various health ministries around the world but have heard nothing, the cure is actually here its called A'rin cure and treatment and the treatment is administered with living waters. The individual involved in giving this treatment will guarantee the infected or sick with this virus is totally cured after infection with the cure administered and the treatment proceeded with. If there is anybody out there who is interested or know how I can get someone to listen to me let me know.

Thanks

CHina's minster of health was on t.v. last night and he claimed that the situation is under control. maybe they should be more transparent in situations like this so we who live in china won't be so paranoid. we need to be informed to be able to function. it's as simple as that.

I THINK THAT YOU SHOULD ALL DIE OF SARS AHAHAHAHAHHAHA

I WILL FIND A CURE: be careful what you wish for. your bad karma happens to the people close to you.

HOT SAUCE IS THE CURE FOR SARS.

I am working in a language school here in the Philippines and most of our students are from Korea and Japan. Our school has informed us of a possible closure of the school because students are panicking of going back to their homes and that there is already SARS positives in my country. FYI to all those worried parents whose children are studying English in my country, THERE IS NO SARS IN THE PHILIPPINES and our government is also implementing strict measures in preventing such deadly disease.

I am working in a language school here in the Philippines and most of our students are from Korea and Japan. Our school has informed us of a possible closure of the school because students are panicking of going back to their homes and that there is already SARS positives in my country. FYI to all those worried parents whose children are studying English in my country, there is NO SARS IN THE PHILIPPINES and our government is also implementing strict measures in preventing such deadly disease.

pisces: it is only normal for any human being in a foreign country to panic in such situations... your statement "NO SARS IN THE PHILIPPINES" is not enough for the parents of your students to take the presence of SARS worldwide lightly. i understand that you're worried about most of your student leaving but they are not willing to risk anything and to be honest with you it is better to be in your own country in a situation like this. I am a Filipina living in China and let me tell you that it's not easy to be away from the Philippines during times of paranoia. I'm sorry to hear that your school might close.

for worried mothers: please check cnn.com. there is an article "CHILDREN AVOID SARS". I felt better after reading it.

How can I get more info on the cure for SARS mentioned by Jeffrey John? Is this a hoax or is it real?

Thanks,
Christine

How can I get more info on the cure for SARS mentioned by Jeffrey John? Is this a hoax or is it real?

Thanks,
Christine

U people can start taking TULSI....a herb definately U will be cured....

What happened in past was for for good and what is going to happen in future is also good.That's why
Don't worry be Happy.

For the comment posted on 4th April, 2003, I know not about the truth of the same but all I know is that if you seek GOD with a pure heart and live your life to serve him and do his work - ask him to cure you and you will be healed.

WHat's keeping the scientist from finding the cure for sars ?. I really want to know since i'm doing a report on sars in my school and if you can tell me what's keeping them From finding finding the cure for sars.
It would be a good report that will earn me an A.

Well.... it's now 2006... 3 years since anyone posted anything.. and I came along this site.. after all that panic.....Sars ended over a year and a half ago.... and the cure is basically to reduce fever, rest and stay outta contact with people and wash your hands alot

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