Since November 2002, there have been 3235 cases of severe acute
respiratory syndrome (SARS) reported world wide.33
Deaths resulted in 154 instances. While the majority of cases have
been in Asia, Canada and the U.S. have cases in the triple digits.
Fear of the disease led people in heavily-struck areas to don surgical
masks to avoid contagion. Some tourists are taking another preventative
measure: avoiding the regions entirely.
“A survey of U.S. companies released Wednesday shows nearly
30 percent of corporations whose employees make frequent trips to
Asia have banned travel there,” a CNN story reported. 25
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN…
Based on observation, it seems that the media have not devoted
as much time to SARS as they might have, were they not preoccupied
by Iraq. It would be unfair to speculate about how the story would
be covered during a slow news season but it is something to consider.