Met a couple of guys on the bus to Siem Reap. Dan is almost a fully fledged doctor and he talked a little bit about SARS and the danger of epidemics in today's world.

Basically, yes SARS is serious, but it could be much, much worse. We're kind of lucky that it relatively poor at spreading (compared to influenza) and that it isn't more destructive.

As for the masks, they're not very effective, it seems. This confirms what WHO says about vectors of infection including the eyes, and when you put fingers in your mouth or when you rub your eyes.


posted on Saturday, April 19, 2003 - permalink
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