The COVID-19 pandemic Caused by a coronavirus began when people were exposed to an unknown source at a seafood market in Wuhan- China began falling ill in early December 2019.

In the beginning, cases were not so high according to International news by that time so, it didn’t bother many of us especially Africans to Celebrate our Christmas in style.

How Coronavirus came to Uganda?

It was a fateful 21st. March 2020, when Uganda recorded its 1st Coronavirus case at Entebbe Airport.  He is a 36-year-old Ugandan businessman who had traveled to Dubai to purchase phone accessories for sell, little did he know that fate had caught up with him on his return.

He was identified by the Ministry of Health officials who were already working with the immigration department at the airport and later taken for quarantine and treatment at Entebbe grade B, Hospital.

Since then, the situation has never been the same in Uganda. Schools were closed first, all boarders closed only allowing cargo planes and vehicles to enter or leave the country, public transport banned for 14 days, many businesses and offices have been also closed on directives of the president of Uganda.

Today, the President has finally announced a total lockdown of 14 days starting on 1st. April 2020.  Everyone is at home not sure of when all this will end.

Current statistics of Coronavirus

In Uganda.   

According to the Ministry of Health, Uganda currently has 33 confirmed Coronavirus patients under treatment and care by the Ugandan Government.

Other Countries.

Cherie Wilshire Foundation Covid-19 statistics.

Signs and Symptoms of Covid-19.

Dry Cough

Fever

Tiredness

Difficulty in breathing

Loss of Appetite

Loss of senses of smell and taste

How is coronavirus contracted?

If a person contracts the virus, the result is the disease called COVID-19. It is a respiratory illness in people and animals and can spread from person- to -person through sneezing and coughing respiratory droplets. It has signs and symptoms similar to the common cold but it’s dangerous and if not reported early and managed by health workers, it can cause severe illness in humans and can lead to death.

Person-to-person contact is the main form of transmission for the virus according to the center for disease control prevention (CDC).

One can get the virus through person-to-person contact as below;                                                         

If you sit with someone with this virus infection in a bus, meeting or any other place and suddenly this person sneezes or coughs without covering his/her nose, he could potentially infect you through passing out respiratory droplets from his nose and the virus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose.

Shaking hands with an infected person who has previously touched his/her nose or mouth. If you don’t wash your hands immediately, you are most likely to touch your face and get the virus too.

If you don’t wash your hands immediately, you are most likely to touch your face and get the virus too.

Apart from the person-to-person transmission, the virus can be got from infected surfaces where an infected person touched.

People at risk

Everyone is at risk. However, severe symptoms and death appear more frequently among older people.

People with underlying health conditions like lung or heart diseases, renal failure, HIV/AIDS patients, Asthma, TB and weak immune systems are noted to be at a higher risk of infection.

How to protect yourself

Simple everyday actions to follow.

Stand back- Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms like fever, coughing or sneezing. The WHO and Ministry of Health of Uganda suggest staying atleast 4 meters away from anyone.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

 Avoid touching your face. You can easily transmit the virus from your hands to your mouth, nose or eyes without even realizing it.

Eat a good and balanced diet. Eat a lot of foods rich in all food nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, fruits rich in vitamins especially vitamin C. Eat alkaline fruits and foods like lemon, ginger, garlic, onions to boost your immune system.

Social Isolation- Staying away from groups of people may help you avoid being exposed.

Seek medical attention when you experience these symptoms to avoid spreading illness to others.
The sick are encouraged to use facemasks to cover their noses and mouths.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the dustbin and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water.

Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles and phones. 
Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles and phones. 

If you’re experiencing such signs and symptoms or suspecting someone, call the Ministry of Health on their listed toll-free numbers for further assistance.

0800203033

0800100066

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