COVID-19 UPDATES

BACKGROUND

An outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was declared by the People’s Republic of China on 31st December, 2019. This outbreak has now spread to all continents and many countries including Uganda

It is important that the population remains on high alert and diligently exercises preventive measures to avoid contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of Health has developed the following do’s and don’ts to educate the public on how to avoid contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus?

This is a new virus that causes a respiratory illness in people and animals and can spread from person-toperson through sneezing and coughing droplets. This virus has signs and symptoms similar to the common cold but is dangerous and if not reported early and managed by Health Workers it can cause severe illnesses in humans and can lead to death.

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How does Coronavirus spread?

Initially, the virus was believed to be spread to humans through contact with infected animals. Currently, transmission is human-to-human. It occurs when an infected person’s sneeze or cough droplets come into contact with others.

Who is at risk?

Everyone is at risk. However, severe symptoms and death appear more frequently among older people. People with underlying health conditions such as lung or heart diseases, renal failure or weak immune systems are noted to be at a higher risk of infection.

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