Sun, May 25, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Chen broadcasts anti-SARS message


President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday took the fight against SARS to the airwaves yesterday by speaking in a taped nationally-televised broadcast about effective ways to prevent transmission of the disease.

In the broadcast, Chen explained in both Mandarin and Hoklo the four easy steps to ward off SARS, ranging from closely monitoring one's temperature to frequently washing one's hands.

Chen explained that anyone who registers a temperature of over 38?C should put on a surgical mask and seek medical attention at a hospital or one of the fever-detection stations which have been set up around the nation to screen possible SARS patients.

He said that people who develop a fever while under home quarantine should call 119 for an ambulance to take them to a hospital instead of traveling by taxi or public transportation.

People should not attempt to treat a fever on their own by taking medicine and thereby cover up the presence of SARS, he said.

He also said that people who seek medical care should inform the medical personnel of their exposure history which might help doctors make a speedy and accurate diagnosis.

Although the SARS outbreak seems to be subsiding, Chen cautioned the public not to relax their vigilance against the disease .

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