Uganda at 54: One new Coronavirus case confirmed, four people have recovered from the virus and were discharged
One new case of Coronavirus disease COVID-19 was confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) bringing the number of cases in Uganda to 54.
“Out of the 169 samples tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on Sunday 12th, one tested positive,” a statement from the ministry read.
However as of today, 13 April 2020, Uganda has 54 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, but four individuals recovered from this virus and were discharged from Entebbe Grade B Hospital on Saturday.
According to Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of health, these four people have repeatedly undergone tests and all have proven to be negatively sensitive to the virus.
In East Africa, Uganda is the third country with the highest number of victims after Kenya with 179 cases and Rwanda with 105 cases.
There are only 24 cases in Tanzania. Globally, there are 1,452,379 confirmed cases of coronavirus with a total of 308,757 reported recoveries from the virus, while as of Monday 83,615 died of the deadly virus.
Wuhan’s virus still strikes the world as a whole, with millions of cases worldwide, mostly in the USA, Italy and Spain, as the countries most severely affected.
The virus spreads among people like influenza through coughing respiratory droplets. The period from exposure to onset of symptoms normally is five days but can be two to 14 days.
Experts say that coronavirus can cause pneumonia and cough, fever and breathing difficulties are reported for those who have fallen sick. Organ failure can occur in severe cases. Since it is viral pneumonia, there is no use of antibiotics.
Antiviral medicines against influenza won’t work. Recuperation depends on the immune system’s strength. Many who died were in poor health already.
The virus can be transmitted easily from one person to another like flu, but the only difference is that it is worse than normal flu because about 400,000 deaths are estimated to occur each year worldwide.
Coronavirus abbreviated as COVID -19 has no cure vaccine, which makes it harder for vulnerable members of the population to protect themselves – the elderly or those who have existing respiratory or immune problems.
The World Health Organization has put in place a range of measures, including washing the hands with soap, avoiding crowded spots and self-isolation, in case you have an unusual cough to help reduce its spread.
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.
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.