7 Healthcast: SARS Quiz
Even with no deaths in this country, panic is growing over SARS. Do you know what you need to know about the disease? A simple quiz, on the Internet can tell you.
First question: True or false, SARS has infected more than 10,000 people? True? Actually, it's false. The real number is less than half of that. There have been around 4,400 cases worldwide, most of them in China.
People seem to know the answer to the second question that SARS is caused by a virus.
Here's question three.
Heidi Hanlon, South Boston
"True or false, people with SARS have symptoms similar to pneumonia… That's right."
Correct. The symptoms include cough and shortness of breath.
Kathy Lucia, Boston
"Most people, who have SARS, will die from it? True."
Actually it's false. About 260 people have died worldwide, a mortality rate of only four percent.
Steven Tomasi, Worcester
"True or false, it's spread like a cold. I think that's true."
As far as researcher can tell, it does spread like the common cold. An infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breaths in droplets containing the virus."
And that's why the last question, "Is everyone at risk," is False. Mostly family members, medical workers and only those with close contact have been diagnosed.
"What do you think these questions show you?"
"That I need to read more."
Right now there is no definitive test for SARS. A diagnosis is made based on symptoms and patient history.
Click here to take the SARS quiz.