By Exposed Uganda
The health situation in Uganda has reached alarming levels after the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths skyrocketed to 79 this week.
This shocking revelation was made Friday by officials from the Ministry of Health who indicated in a statement that the number of COVID-19 deaths is steadily increasing just like the number of infections.
The Ministry revealed that results of COVID-19 tests done on 01 October 2020 confirmed 204 new cases, raising the cumulative confirmed total cases to 8,491.
The latest updates from the Ministry also indicate that 4 new COVID-19 deaths were registered; 3 are from Kampala and 1 from Bududa, which brings the total COVID-19 deaths to 79 and the Recoveries to 4,470.
The breakdown of the new cases is as follows:
Contacts and Alerts (197):
Kampala (68), Agago (37), Kapchorwa (11), Busia (10), Kween (9), Namisindwa (6), Jinja (5), Omoro (5), Bududa (5), Buliisa (4), Gulu (4), Mukono (3), Sironko (3), Wakiso (3), Yumbe (5), Butaleja (2), Mbale (2)
Soroti (2), Adjumani (1), Amuru (1), Arua (1)Budaka (1), Kagadi (1), Kaliro (1), Kibuku (1), Koboko (1), Kyotera (1), Lira (1), Masindi (1) and Tororo (2)
They include 6 returnees from: UAE (2), Saudi Arabia (1), South Sudan (1), Oman (1), DRC (1), plus 1 truck driver who entered the country through Elegu Point of Entry.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
However, some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
What You Can Do to Prevent Illness
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
It is therefore advisable to wear face masks at all times when in public, maintain social distancing, avoid shaking hands, washing hands frequently or using sanitizers and reporting all suspected cases of infection to the nearest police or local authorities.