SARS: Perspective, Not Panic

SARS: Perspective, Not Panic

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It was only a matter of time until SARS (or a reasonable facsimile) reared its ugly head again. And today is that day - a "SARS-like" virus has been found in the U.K. In 2002-2003, the dreaded SARS virus (SARS means Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) caused international panic and a massive push to create a vaccine that would be hailed as the savior of all humanity. OK, let's put this into perspective. In 2003, there were 8,273 cases of SARS and 775 deathsin the entire world. First of all, that's only a 9.6% fatality rate, which is really not that bad for a supposed worldwide flu pandemic. In fact, it's no more than the mortality rate for an average flu season. Secondly, consider that 30,000 to 50,000 people die from the run-of-the-mill seasonal flu in the U.S. alone, every year. SARS sounds pretty puny now, huh? Still, the media machine managed to scare millions of Americans into cancelling airline flights, buying untold amounts of hand sanitizer, and subjecting themselves to needless vaccinations all because 71 Americans contracted SARS. You read that right, 71. And only 4 of those 71 died. All told, you had a better chance of winning the Mega Millions lottery than dying of SARS. So how do you avoid SARS? Just do what you'd normally do to protect yourself from getting the flu. You know, wash your hands, eat lots of food rich in antioxidants and juice as often as you can (The Hallelujah Recovery Diet empowers your immune system to fight the flu, just as it does for serious conditions like cancer). And above all, make sure you avoid the most contagious form of SARS... the media. How do you protect yourself from the flu? Comment below!

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