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Myth And Reality
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Myth: SARS is easily transmitted

Reality: No. It requires close person-to-person or face-to-face contact because it is transmitted through droplets. This means that if you are sharing a big room where there are, say, 50 people and one of them is suffering from SARS, the persons at the highest risk will be only those sitting next to the person or talking face to face with the person (this kind of transmission is similar to that in diseases like measles, mumps and smallpox).

Myth: SARS has many modes of transmission

Reality: Not really. The droplets may taint hands and you may unconsciously rub your nose, mouth and eyes and get the infection or the droplets may be rubbed on to a doorknob, table or utensils which someone may touch. But such modes of transmission are rare.

Myth: SARS virus travels far

Reality: No. That is why it can only infect those in close or face-to-face contact.

Myth: SARS is transmitted through air like influenza

Reality: It does not appear to travel through air even within closed spaces like aeroplanes.

(Source: WHO)

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