Carmageddon Countdown: The Top Five Non-Disasters That Shook The Nation (page 2)
SARS: Warnings of Severe acute respiratory syndrome swept the nation in 2002 after the disease infected some 8,000 humans, with 916 confirmed deaths.
Fear was sparked that the disease would cause a pandemic of infections around the world similar to smallpox, and worried individuals promptly wore medical masks everywhere they went in public to avoid contracting the fatal disease. A short while after the first outbreaks, the disease was contained with the last known human case seen in 2003.
Thankfully, SARS wasn’t an epidemic, but a new fashion trend did sweep the nation.