June 4, 2003

Severe Acute Respiratory SyndromeProviding Care in the Face of Uncertainty

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Critical Care Medicine Department and Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center, and Office of the Clinical Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 2003;289(21):2861-2863. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.JED30036

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has captured the attention of health care professionals and the public worldwide.17 Compared with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, malaria, and even influenza, there have been relatively few cases of SARS and a limited number of deaths. However, the ultimate course and global impact of this new illness is currently unknown. Much like concern about anthrax, West Nile disease, and new strains of influenza, most segments of society have been appropriately concerned about how they will be affected.

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