Uganda 48 Coronavirus cases
Uganda now has 48 coronavirus cases after three new cases tested positive. FILE PHOTO

Uganda now has 48 coronavirus cases after three new cases tested positive

The Health Ministry confirmed three new cases yesterday that tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease COVID-19 to pushing Uganda to a total of 48.

The victims, all returnees from Dubai and United States confirmed positive out of 419 cases that were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

“Of the 419 cases we tested, only three were positive. All the three were returnees from Dubai (2) and the USA who have been in the mandatory quarantine,” said the health minister Dr.Ruth Aceng yesterday evening.

The Coronavirus disease COVID -19 cases in Uganda just keep rising and there is no confirmation to whether we have some that have healed from the deadly virus.

The virus first discovered in Wuhan has now first spread globally reaching 1,074,290 cases with Italy, the United States and Spain among the most affected countries.

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According to experts, coronavirus spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days.

The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use.

The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

The virus can be easily transmitted from one person to another like flue it is contagious, however, the only difference is that it is worse than the normal flue because it is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. 

Coronavirus abbreviated as COVID -19 has no cure vaccine meaning it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.

Many measures including hand-washing with soap and avoiding crowded places and self-isolation if you feel an unusual cough have been put forth by the World Health Organization to help in the curbing on its spread.

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Uganda 48 Coronavirus cases
Uganda now has 48 coronavirus cases after three new cases tested positive. FILE PHOTO

Precautionary Measures

According to the WHO, you should wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water because this can help kill viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing of at least one metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth because your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Always practice respiratory hygiene that is, make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

This is so because droplets spread the virus and by following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

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In case you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. If possible stay home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.