Before people were in a panic over this new virus, they were freaking out about SARS— a similar viral infection. The illness is spread through contact with animals, as well as through airway flow.
Much like todays viruses, it triggers severe respiratory infections that can result in respiratory failure. Around 9.6 percent of all sufferers will die as a result of SARS. No known cure or vaccine is available at this time. So, maybe we had a reason to freak out….