Captured in 2003 during a SARS outbreak in China, this Chinese health provider was in the process of acquiring information from a SARS patient in a clinical setting. Both the clinician and the patient were wearing disposable facemasks to minimize possible cross-contamination of the contagious SARS virus. In addition to his partial complement of personal protective equipment (PPE), the clinician was also wearing disposable latex gloves, and a head covering.
“Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. The illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained.”
“Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world. The content in this Web site was developed for the 2003 SARS epidemic. But, some guidelines are still being used. Any new SARS updates will be posted on this Web site.”
For more on SARS, please visit the CDC’s dedicated webpage, by way of the link provided below.