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Q/A: SARS Prevention by Dr. Wright

Q. I plan on traveling this summer. What should I do to prevent SARS?

A: Your risk of contracting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is less than the risk of contracting other more common contagious illnesses. SARS is an acute respiratory illness characterized by a temperature over 100.4 F, body aches, headaches, and a dry cough that can advance to pneumonia. It is thought to be caused by a coronavirus and to be spread from person to person by droplets contacting mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Regular hand washing is essential to preventing SARS and all other infectious illnesses. Keep your hands away from your face to reduce transmission. Travel with an alcohol based hand wash solution to use when hand soap is not available, though don’t overuse it and dry your skin to the point of cracking. Use a personal air purifier to reduce disease transmission in closed spaces such as airplanes. If traveling to Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Viet Nam, or Toronto, minimize close contact with large numbers of people. The CDC does not currently recommend wearing a mask in public areas, but travel with one in the event you get ill or are exposed to SARS.

You can decrease your risk of contracting SARS or any infection by taking Transfer Factor for passive immunity. Additionally, take Flu Ban, a homeopathic product containing the antimicrobial Olive Leaf extract, and IMM Formula for immune support provided by thymus, astragalus, and echinacea.

At the very first sign of any symptoms continue taking the above products and also take one teaspoon of Argentyn-23 every twenty minutes for 4 to 6 doses, then 1 tsp. three times daily. (The brand Argentyn-23 is an extremely small molecule of silver, accounting for its superior antimicrobial effects. Don’t substitute other brands.)

Be prepared by traveling with a remedy kit to prevent and treat acute illnesses.

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