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How To Beat The Virus

Don't self-medicate with drugs like Nimesulide that lower fever but masks SARS

How To Beat The Virus
Tribhuvan Tiwari
How To Beat The Virus
outlookindia.com
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After many false alarms, the first patient of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) tested positive in Goa on Thursday, even as another suspected case was isolated in Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

SARS has arrived in India. And the message, repeatedly, is not to panic. You must seek medical help if suffering from any symptoms, especially if they are visible after a recent visit to, or contact with someone who’s visited a SARS-affected country.

Tips for the public: Try to avoid contact with people who’ve returned from SARS-infected areas in the past 10 days. The person may be carrying the virus even if he/she is apparently healthy—he/she may be in the incubation period.

  • Once you’ve been in contact with such a person, keep a watch if you develop any symptoms: fever, dry cough, headache, muscular stiffness, breathlessness, chest pain, and in some rare cases, skin rash and diarrhoea.

  • Contact your family doctor immediately if you suspect any symptoms.

  • Except for taking mild fever-lowering agents like paracetamol (Crocin,...
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