The Cure for SARS

They needed the SARS cure. Between November of 2002 and July 2003, the world lived in fear of SARS, a respiratory syndrome that was known to infect well over eight thousand people and was the principle cause of over nine hundred deaths. For many people, the condition was not known and the question of what is SARS was a common inquiry. To educate the public about SARS, many articles were published in newspapers and magazines as researchers rushed to find a cure to the acute respiratory syndrome that was affecting large numbers and increasing public fear about the SARS virus.

As of date July 2003, the World Health Organization has claimed that SARS is under control and has been contained. However, the organization also states that there is no SARS cure and that the SARS virus may still be present in animals and could eventually return to human infection. Because of the potential for future deaths, researchers are examining SARS and looking for ways to cure the viral infection. At the present moment, there is no official cure, but there are some ways to effectively treat a person who has developed the acute respiratory syndrome and needs medical attention.

The most prevalent treatment method is through the use of a SARS vaccine for populations that are at high risk of contracting the infection. The vaccine was developed in China and has a reasonable effectiveness, with approximately two thirds of patients being able to produce antibodies that repel the SARS virus infection. At the height of the SARS problem, medical personnel were trying many different techniques to stop the symptoms of the respiratory syndrome. Many of these produced no apparent benefit and became a controversial topic. The most effective remedy used was a combination of corticosteroids, Kaletra, and Ribavirin that worked in many early detection cases before the patient needed to be put on artificial ventilation.