How To Avoid SARS?

     Maintain good personal hygiene.

  •  Wash your hands frequently under running water  with liquid soap and rub lather over the front and  back of hands, wrists, between fingers and under  fingernails for at least 10 seconds before touching  your eyes, nose and mouth as the SARS virus  spreads through respiratory droplets.
  •  After touching door knobs/handles, hand railing, lift  buttons, public phones, fax machine, photocopier
     and water dispensers. 

  •  Before serving food or having a meal, use
     disposable towels for drying hands because germs  and microbes will flourish in damp conditions.
  •  Wash your clothing, rings, jewellery or  spectacles  that you wear.

  •  Cover your mouth with tissue paper when sneezing  or coughing and dispose of them properly.

     Be responsible.
  •  If you are sick, limit your social interaction. Wear a  surgical mask if you have a runny nose, sore throat  and cough when you visit public places. Seek  medical help immediately.

  •  Wash your hands, before putting on and after taking  off your mask. Make sure the mask cover your  nose and your mouth, and falls slightly over your  chin.

  •  When not in use, keep masks in plastic bags.
     Remember to discard soiled masks properly.

    Things to be avoided.
  • Avoid travelling to countries where SARS cases have been reported, such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Canada.
  •  Avoid visit crowded places with poor ventilation.

  •  Avoid direct contact with a SARS patient.

  •  Avoid sharing eating utensils, towels or bedding with persons infected with SARS, although these items can be used after thorough washing with bleach and  hotwater.




  • A patient recovering from SARS is advised to wear a surgical mask during close contact with uninfected persons. If the patient is unable to wear a surgical mask, those in direct contact with him/her close should wear one. Change mask daily or when they become worn or damaged.

  • Healthcare workers should adhere strictly to the Universal Protection System of hand-washing and barrier nursing, and the treatment of SARS patients. This includes wearing protective gear such as a N95/N100 mask, operation theatre uniform, disposable apron, gloves and goggles, depending on the expected level of protection.  

  • Healthcare facilities should screen those who visit SARS patients for fever and other respiratory symptoms, to control the spread of the virus.

  • Healthcare workers who develop fever or respiratory symptoms during the 10 days following exposure to a SARS patient should not report for duty.

  • For alternative protection, apply alcohol-based hand rub to one palm and rub hands together, including all surfaces of hands and fingers until they are dry. These rubs are fast and effective alternatives to the soap-water routine.

  • Wearing disposable gloves reduces contamination especially when in contact with body fluids from a SARS patient. Hand rubs and gloves should be used before and after handling each patient.

  • Those returning from overseas should monitor their health as the incubation period for SARS is typically 2-7 days. However, isolated incidents have suggested an incubation period of as long as 10 days.

  • Build up your body immune system. Go for a balanced diet, regular exercises, adequate rest and activities that reduce stress. Boost your immune system by taking health supplements like vitamins A, C and E, fruits and green, leafy vegetables. A weak immune system is an open invitation to a viral attack.


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