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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Taxonomy: Nidovirales Coronaviridae Coronavirus


Power: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Fear.




Attacks: Lungs. High fever, malaise, chills, influenza-like symptoms. Diarrhea, dry non-productive cough, leading to serious pneumonia.


Outcome: Most recover on own. 10-20% develop complications needing intensive care, 5-10% require a mechanical respirator. Overall fatality 14-15%.


Speed: Incubation period 2-10 days.





Vaccines: None.


Behavioral: Biosafety Levels 2 and 3. Isolation and quarantine of infected. Usage of surgical masks. Typical sanitary methods (i.e. frequent washing of hands). Immediate reporting critical in containing SARS CoV.


Treatment: Treat as if serious community-acquired atypical pneumonia. General supportive therapy. Possible anti-virals.


Game Action:


Opponent cannot leave chair while SARS CoV is played (Fear), unless an N95 Surgical Mask is played.


Although alcohol kills viruses, drinking alcohol will not prevent SARS.

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong (May 2003)

Electron Microscope Image Source: Univeristy of Leicester Microbiology and Immunology Coronaviruses

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