Journal Article

The Public's Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto and the United States

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Catherine M. DesRoches, Elizabeth Raleigh and Kalahn Taylor-Clark

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 7, pages 925-931
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/382355
The Public's Response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Toronto and the United States

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Using data from 13 surveys of the public, this article compares the public's response to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Ontario (specifically, Toronto), the other Canadian provinces, and the United States, which had substantial differences in the number of SARS cases. Findings suggest that, even at a relatively low level of spread among the population, the SARS outbreak had a significant psychological and economic impact. They also suggest that the success of efforts to educate the public about the risk of SARS and appropriate precautions was mixed. Some of the community-wide problems with SARS might have been avoided with better communication by public health officials and clinicians.

Journal Article.  3313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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