X-Message-Number: 21662
From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: A speculation about the nature of SARS
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 10:20:39 +0100

A wild speculation:

Suppose people are becoming more hospital orientated, and therefore
take themselves to a hospital when they have the current bug going
around. Once there some are admitted, and there is a ward with lots of
people all with slightly different respiratory diseases. They cross
infect each other, and the ward then ends up full of people with many
respiratory diseases all at once. The resulting **combination** of
diseases causes a high fatality rate.

The same speculation could apply to people who don't stay at home or go to
bed when ill -- they stay in the community spreading their disease and also
catching others, until the combination is too severe for them to go on.
There do seem to be an awful lot of different infectious respiratory
diseases going about at the moment.

Such a speculation would then explain why different viruses are
claimed to be the cause of SARS.

 Is this possible?

Sincerely, John de Rivaz:  http://John.deRivaz.com for websites including
Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
Reeves - inventor, Arthur Bowker - potter, de Rivaz genealogy,  Nomad .. and

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