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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Pulmonary Function Tests, and Quality of Life : Lessons Learned

Alejandro C. Arroliga, MD; Enrique Diaz-Guzman, MD; Herbert P. Wiedemann, MD
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Affiliations: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH
 ,  Dr. Arroliga is Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Head, Section of Critical Care Medicine.

Correspondence to: Alejandro C. Arroliga, MD, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Section of Critical Care Medicine, 9500 Euclid Ave, G6–156, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail: arrolia@ccf.org



Chest. 2005;128(3):1088-1089. doi:10.1378/chest.128.3.1088
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The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV) with great genetic diversity among strains.12 Coronaviruses are single-stranded RNA viruses that can cause common cold in humans and diseases in animals. The SARS-CoV is moderately infective, with an attack rate that ranges from 2.4 to 31 cases per 1,000 exposure hours3 and may be transmitted by aerosolization. The SARS epidemic affected thousands of people in five continents (26 countries) over a period of 9 months following its first appearance in November of 2002 in the south of China. The case fatality rate associated with SARS is about 15%. However, a higher mortality occurs in the elderly and in patients with comorbid conditions.4


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