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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, also known as SARS, is an illness that first came to light in 2002 in three continents including Asia, Europe, and North America. This coronavirus is spread mainly through contact with saliva or related interactions such as coughing. If you are exposed to SARS, you will have symptoms that are similar to the common cold and other upper respiratory illnesses. They can appear anywhere from three to 10 days from exposure but are only spread while the symptoms are active. If you have any of these symptoms of SARS, you should visit a doctor, but try to remain home the rest of the time until the illness passes.

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1. Fever

The average body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. Anytime it becomes elevated or 99 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.2 degrees Celsius, it is considered a fever. There is a range of low-grade to high-grade fevers. A low-grade fever by itself is not necessarily dangerous, but it does reflect an underlying condition within the body. If your forehead feels warmer than usual then take your temperature with a thermometer to determine your body temperature.

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