SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome stems from a strain of coronavirus that causes serious respiratory illness. The virus spreads from person to person through contact with bodily fluids and from respiratory droplets from coughing. It can also be spread by touching surfaces that contain bodily fluids from an infected person. SARS can lead to many common respiratory infection symptoms, as well as additional complications, including death.


1. Fever and Chills

Fever is one of the most common symptoms of SARS and may be the first symptom people experience. In most cases, the body temperature rises above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Along with fever, people with SARS often experience chills as the temperature rises, and many report night sweats as the fever breaks. Fever is the body's attempt to fight off the infection.

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