Works Consulted

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New Tools to Fight SARS

If or when SARS does make a comeback, scientists are banking on new tools with which to fight it. Although experts predict a vaccine will not be available until at least 2006, there are other things that could be valuable in saving lives. One would be an accurate test for SARS. Tests at the current time are not accurate unless a patient has been infected for at least twelve days. In that time, that patient will have infected dozens of other people. However, in July 2003 one Swiss drugmaker...

Mommy Are You Wearing Your Mask

Trish Perl, one of the American doctors who came to help in Toronto, noticed right away that there was a strange atmosphere at the hospital, with everyone wearing layers of protective gear even in the staff lounges. Some moved to the other end of a meeting room when a doctor who had cared for a SARS patient walked in. It was eerie like you were on Mars or on a new planet, she says. You sit in meetings, everyone around the table is wearing an N-95 high-quality face mask.50 Perl was struck, too,...

Notes

Quoted in James Kelly, Making News on the SARS Front, Time, May 5, 2003, p. 8. 2. Quoted in Claudia Kalb, The Mystery of SARS, Newsweek, May 5, 2003, p. 29. 3. Quoted in Kalb, The Mystery of SARS, p. 28. 4. Lily, telephone interview by author, September 18, 2003. 5. Quoted in BBC News, Eyewitness Vietnam's SARS Survivor, April 17, 2003. www.news.bbc.co.uk. 6. Quoted in BBC News, Eyewitness. 7. Quoted in Peter Wonacott, Susan V. Lawrence, and David Murphy, China Faces Up to SARS Criticism, Wall...

Bambi and Teddy Bear Masks

More than anything else, however, it was the presence of face masks that served as a constant reminder of the threat of SARS. People rushed to medical supply stores to buy them, hoping to keep airborne germs away from their noses and mouths. In Hong Kong, stores were selling more than one thousand masks each day some people were buying hundreds at a time. When only a few were left on store shelves, shouting matches often broke out among customers. On street corners, vendors tried to capitalize...

An Impact on Baseball

Major league baseball in Toronto suffered, too. WHO's warning came just as the Toronto Blue Jays' season was getting underway, and league officials were hesitant to allow the season to go on as scheduled. Many teams who were supposed to travel to Toronto to play baseball were nervous when baseball league officials warned visiting players not to mingle with fans or sign autographs. Although baseball officials agreed that most likely the chance of a player catching SARS in Toronto was small, they...