MoH Uganda COVID-19 Factsheet

Ministry of Health, Uganda, COVID-19 Factsheet

What is Coronavirus?

This is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and animals and can spread from person-to-person through sneezing and cough-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 to human-beings and it can kill.

Where did Coronavirus come from?

There are ongoing studies on the origins of Coronavirus. However, the current out-break started in a large animal and seafood market in China, in a city called Wuhan.

How does Coronavirus spread?

Initially, the virus was believed to be spread to human beings through contact from infected animals. Currently, transmission is human-to-human. It occurs when an infected person sneezes or coughs while in close contact with others.

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Key Messages

  • Travellers from any of the Coronavirus affected places or any person with signs symptoms should report to the nearest health facility or stay in isolation for at least 14 days.
  • Be on the lookout and avoid close contact with persons who shows flu-like symptoms
  • Cover the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Regularly wash hands with soap and running water
  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
  • Avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals

For more information, call the Ministry of Health toll free line on:

0800 100066, 0800203033 or send a free SMS to Ureport on 8500

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