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How Concerned Are Utahns About SARS?

How Concerned Are Utahns About SARS?

Posted - Apr. 23, 2003 at 10:19 p.m.



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Samantha Hayes reporting If its "unecessary" or "non-urgent" the World Health Organization would rather not have you in parts of Asia, and now, Toronto.

David Clark/ NPS Pharmaceuticals: "I WOULD SAY THAT WE HAVE EITHER PEOPLE FROM TORONTO THAT ARE HERE OR PEOPLE FROM HERE WHO ARE IN TORONTO AT LEAST WEEKLY."

Roughly half of Salt Lake based NPS Pharmaceuticals is in Toronto. And Vice President David Clark says business travel is necessary.

David Clark: "WE HAVEN'T RESTRICTED TRAVEL, AND WHEN TRAVEL IS ESSENTIAL BETWEEN HERE AND TORONTO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE ARE STILL FLYING."

Containing the transmission of SARS is the business of another Utah Company.

AlphaProtech manufactures a special kind of mask. And China is buying a lot of them.

John Jensen/ Plant Manager: "OUR BUSINESS SINCE THE 28TH OF MARCH HAS JUST GONE CRAZY. WE WERE MAKING A FAIR AMOUNT TO BEGIN WITH, AND SINCE THEN WE'VE BEEN RUNNING 24 HOURS A DAY."

And while you don't see Utahns wearing masks around, quite a few of you are concerned about the deadly virus.

SARS-How concerned are you about getting sick?

  1. 13% Very concerned
  2. 28% Somewhat concerned
  3. 39% Not very concerned
  4. 20% Not at all concerned
  5. 1% Not sure In an exclusive poll conducted by Survey USA for KSL-TV, 41 percent of respondents say they're either somewhat or very concerned about getting sick from SARS. SARS-Are you changing travel plans?
  6. 13% Yes
  7. 82% No
  8. 4% Not sure How about travel? 13 percent say travel plans have been cancelled or changed because of SARS. But most Utahns aren't changing a thing. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is advising misisonaries already in affected countries to wear masks and avoid shaking hands. The Church has temporarily stopped sending new missionaries to Hong Kong.

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