We Didnt Take Any Preventive Measures

One young nurse who became ill says that she had been looking after a patient who came to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, as well as a severe cough. The whole forty minutes she was with him he was coughing and expelling huge amounts of phlegm. This was unusual, she says, for a cough of that nature was not normally a symptom of the strains of flu she had seen. But although his illness was a mystery, the staff did not wear masks when tending to him. We didn't take any preventive measures,...

The Psychological Toll

As months went by in SARS-affected countries, many learned that there were often psychological effects on residents. In Hong Kong, for example, many people complained of feeling mentally fatigued each day. There was no comfort of routine. There were no concerts to attend, no social get-togethers with neighbors. Many people found that the sources from which they had always drawn strength were missing. For some it was religion, and there were noticeable changes in churches in Asia and Canada. In...

Notes

Quoted in James Kelly, Making News on the SARS Front, Time, May 5, 2003, p. 8. 2. Quoted in Claudia Kalb, The Mystery of SARS, Newsweek, May 5, 2003, p. 29. 3. Quoted in Kalb, The Mystery of SARS, p. 28. 4. Lily, telephone interview by author, September 18, 2003. 5. Quoted in BBC News, Eyewitness Vietnam's SARS Survivor, April 17, 2003. www.news.bbc.co.uk. 6. Quoted in BBC News, Eyewitness. 7. Quoted in Peter Wonacott, Susan V. Lawrence, and David Murphy, China Faces Up to SARS Criticism, Wall...