SARS typically begins with flu-like signs and symptoms — fever, chills, muscle aches and occasionally diarrhea. After about a week, signs and symptoms include:
- Fever of 100.5 F (38 C) or higher
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
When to see a doctor
If you think you've been exposed to or have SARS, see your doctor right away. SARS is a serious illness that can lead to death.