By Keefa Nuwahereza
There is great fear that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has reached Uganda.
This comes after the ministry of health on Monday morning confined four suspected Coronavirus patients to quarantine after they showed signs and symptoms of the deadly virus.
The four cases were apprehended at Entebbe International Airport and quickly rushed to Entebbe General Hospital where they were quarantined.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry if health told the media on Monday morning that “The suspected cases have been quarantined and samples taken from them have been taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)for testing.”
He added that the nation will be briefed by ministry officials after getting results from the UVRI
He noted that “MoH requests the general public to remain calm and follow the provided preventive measures.”
Ainebyoona, however, insisted that there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country.
But it should be noted that reports from the MoH indicate that at least 690 people who recently travelled from China have since been up under isolation until officials ascertain their health statuses.
Meanwhile, Canadian province Ontario has confirmed the 8th case of coronavirus disease, in its capital city of Toronto, health officials said late on Friday.
Canada’s province of Ontario confirmed its eighth case of the COVID-19 disease caused by the newly-identified coronavirus in its capital city of Toronto, health officials said late on Friday.
The infected individual was identified as a man in his 80s who had a travel history to Egypt, officials said in a statement.
After the man arrived in Toronto on Feb. 20, he presented himself at Scarborough Health Network’s General Hospital’s emergency department on Thursday, the statement added.
According to the statement, he was isolated as he was tested for COVID-19 and discharged home the same day feeling well for self-isolation.
How People Get Infected With Coronavirus
People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
If they are standing within one meter of a person with Covid-19 they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu.
Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some go on to experience more serious illness and may require hospital care.
Risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40.
People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.
As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. WHO has offered advice that included tips for protecting against catching and spreading the virus.
Keep workplaces clean and hygienic. Surfaces like desks and tables or telephones, keyboards need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly. Promote regular and thorough handwashing.
Cover mouth and nose with tissue, or sleeve or elbow when coughing of sneezing. Throw tissue into closed bin after use.
Promote food respiratory hygiene.
Consult national travel advice before going on business travel.
Advise those who are sick to stay at home.
How Covid-19 spreads
When someone who has the new coronavirus (Covid-19) coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects – such as desks, tables or telephones.
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