People from all around the world are fighting together against the epidemic break out of COVID-19. Severe measures are taken to control it and expand the health care system such that it accommodates all those who are affected. In the current situation, it is important to not only take required measures but also be aware of the virus, its symptoms and other facts.

When coronaviruses attack our body, the symptoms shown are of two diseases- SARS CoV and MERS CoV. Do you know what these are? Let’s spend some time to understand SARS CoV for a safer tomorrow.

What is SARS?

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS had already made its presence between 2002 and 2004. It affected the respiratory system of the body, which led to two highly contagious and life-threatening outbreaks in the form of pneumonia. After this incident, the World Health Organisation has been vigilant and kept their eyes for any symptoms of SARS.

The outbreak of these diseases, which were only found in animals before, points fingers at the mutation of these viruses. The SARS infection in 2002 spread quickly from China to other Asian countries. The breakout was critical in Asia, whereas Europe saw very few cases. An outbreak was reported in Toronto, Canada too.

The epidemic was brought under control by isolating those infected which led to its eradication by July 2003. People above the age of 65 were at risk particularly and the death rate of people belonging to this age group was more. The virus is reported to have killed 1 out of every 10 people it affected.

How Does SARS Affect My Body?

SARS viruses damage the air sacs of the lungs making the process of breathing difficult. The lung tissues expand and become scarred. The air sacs prevent the oxygen, which was taken in, to be absorbed by the bloodstream causing respiratory failure, a condition where your lungs don’t breathe enough oxygen required for your body. This virus is related to other viruses that cause cold and diarrhea.


  • Chills and high fever up to 38C
  • Headache, body ache, pain weakness
  • Diarrhea, body aches, pain
  • Cough and shortness of breath appear later

How To Control The Spread Of SARS?

We can prevent the infection from spreading by-

  • Washing hands regularly with hand rub or soap
  • Cover your mouth and nose using a face mask before you cough or sneeze. You can buy masks online of excellent quality from
  • Avoid sharing food, utensils, and drinks
  • Frequently wipe/clean surfaces with disinfectant.