SARS Lessons Not Learned

Now, can we foretell the future of COVID-19?

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SARS aftermath

For those who survived the outbreak, it took several months to recover from residual lung damage. After a year, a third of survivors still had a significant impairment of lung function. One unusual complication was noted in male survivors, orchitis — inflammation of the testicles. Health workers and survivors, including their families, were gravely hit by depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Males were found to succumb to SARS more often than females.

The SARS was highly capable of jumping interspecies barriers and an excellent candidate as an emerging or re-emerging pathogen. No cases of SARS have been reported worldwide since 2004.

“The possibility of the re-emergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored”, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2007.

The lessons were never learned.

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