SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
While the appearance of any new infectious disease is cause for concern, there is no need to panic--especially in the U.S. Of the 115 or so Americans suspected of having SARS, all have either recently traveled to Asia or come into direct, face-to-face contact with a SARS patient.
HOW DO YOU CATCH SARS?
Most cases seem to be passed on through direct, close contact. When people sneeze or cough, they send virus-laden droplets of fluid into the air, which others nearby inhale. SARS may also be spread through water or sewage or contaminated objects like doorknobs.