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Volume 10, Number 7—July 2004

Research

Collecting Data To Assess SARS Interventions

R. Douglas Scott*Comments to Author , Edward Gregg*, and Martin I. Meltzer*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Potential calculations and policy implications from collected data

Variablesa Who infected whom Monitoring of disease spread and impact of interventions
E, I, M, and Q Incubation period(s) How soon should an exposed person be identified and placed in quarantine
A, B, C, F, J, and N Who infected whom Monitoring of disease spread and impact of interventions
E, I, M, G, K, O, Q, H, L, and P When and where an infectious person infects another and duration of disease Evaluation of infectiousness at different stages of disease and development or refinement of recommendations for persons exposed to SARS
D, E, I, M, G, K, O, H, L, P W, X, and AF Effect of preexisting medical conditions on risk for hospitalization and death Evaluation of medical response, with initial medical contact and treatment based on patients' risk factors
D, E, I, M, G, K, O, H, L, P, W, X, Y, Z, AA, AB, AC, AD, AE, and AF Effect of certain preexisting conditions, type of contact, and length of incubation on increased risk for hospital isolation, ventilation, and intensive care Evaluation of medical response, with analyses of how patients' risk factors impact allocation of hospital-based resources
R, S, T, U, V, and W Classification of possible SARS cases Evaluation of medical response, with degree of certainty of SARS diagnosis impacting allocation of health care resources
E, I, M, F, J, N, H, L, P, Q, W, Z, and X Effect of isolation on spread of disease Evaluation of interventions' effect on slowing and deterring the spread of disease
AG and AH Death as an outcome Evaluation of the severity of the outbreak

aFrom data entry columns, Figures 1 and 2.

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