What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is one of the viruses which may cause infections in humans and animals. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

The Origin of Coronavirus?

Detailed investigations by medical experts found out that (SARS-CoV) was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels (Arabian camels) to humans. There are many coronaviruses circulating in animals but have not yet infected humans.

Which Corona virus is Affecting People Today?

The most recent coronavirus details that have been discovered or affected humans of late causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. COVID-19 is still affecting most people in China with a few outbreaks in other countries.

What are the signs of Coronavirus?

The most noticeable symptoms of the coronavirus infection include;-

  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Cough
  • Fever &
  • Breathing difficulties

It all starts with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a certain period of time, about a week, the victim gets breathing difficulties (shortness of breath). When you get these symptoms, you may be required to visit the hospital for treatment.

However, when you have these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have the illness that’s why you need to go for a medical checkup. These coronavirus symptoms are similar to other common viruses more so colds and flu.

When Do You see the Signs of the Corona virus?

The incubation period between the day of infection and showing any symptoms is quite long. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it may last up to 14 days (2 weeks) but some researchers say it may even go be up to 24 days which is close to a month.

How does the Coronavirus Epidemic Spread?

It is not yet known exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. However, it is believed to be airborne. Why? It’s because similar viruses have always spread via droplets, especially those produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Who is More Prone to this Virus?

From previous experience with other coronaviruses, other categories of people at most risks of serious infection are:

  • People with compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer)
  • Elderly people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with diagnosed chronic medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease)
  • Very young children and babies
  • Pregnant women
  • People in group residential settings
  • People in detention facilities

As of today, the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children relative to the broader population.

How to Prevent Coronavirus Infection;- Coronavirus Travel Advice

How do you prevent Corona Virus?

With more than 100 death in the US and more in China, you might be anxious about how a potential spread of COVID-19 could affect you especially of you are having a tour in any safari destination, it could be a Uganda safari or a safari in Africa or any other travel destination. Medically approved recommendations to prevent infection of this virus are;-

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing using a clean hankie (Practice respiratory hygiene).

It is good to always practice proper respiratory hygiene. Make it a policy for you, and the people around you to follow good respiratory hygiene. This means to cover your mouth and nose with your hankie or tissue whenever you cough or sneeze. Always have more than one hankie with you. If you use a tissue, then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Regularly wash your hands or use medicated sanitizers and wipes.

Do a regular and thorough cleaning of your hands with soap and water. If you’re in a location with no water and soap, use medicated wipes or alcohol-based hand rub sanitizers. Dispose of them after every single use.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. This is one of the safest ad easiest measures.

  • Thoroughly cook your meat and eggs.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough and flue.

You are recommended to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? People of cough or sneeze without covering their mouth and nose spray small liquid droplets in space and these may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can easily breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth (face)

If you touch your face when your hands are not clean, you can easily contaminate it if you have contacted the virus.

Why? We use our hands to touch many surfaces and some of them may have been infected with the virus. 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.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Don’t stay home if you feel unwell more so when you have a fever, cough and breathing difficulty, seek medical attention.

Why? In case you are a victim, National and local authorities will get the most up to date information on the situation in your area. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

Make sure you stay informed as well as follow advice given by medical specialists – Listen or watch coronavirus updates; News

Staying informed about the latest developments more so about the COVID-19 outbreak is the best practice. In case you are a victim, follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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The free learning resource is available to anyone interested in novel coronavirus on WHO’s an open learning platform for emergencies, OpenWHO.org. The platform was established 3 years ago with emergencies such as nCoV in mind, in which WHO would need to reach millions of people across the globe with real-time, accessible learning materials.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

What are the effects of coronavirus?

In more severe cases, this coronavirus infection can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia, kidney failure, multiple organ failure, and death.

Can Coronavirus be Cured?

Can Coronavirus be treated? Yes, it can be cured. You can actually survive coronavirus because it is treated! Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover if treated or after treatment, but it can be more severe for others causing death. Take care of your health and protect others by following the prevention measures or remedies.

Coronavirus Mortality Rate or Deaths so Far

With deaths surpassing 3,000 and confirmed cases over 80,000, China remains by far the worst-hit country overall but the epidemic is now slowing in China, while other countries are seeing outbreaks grow rapidly. In South Korea, mass testing has turned up over 6,000 cases and more than 40 deaths. Italy has confirmed more than 3,000 cases, along with more than 100 deaths.

Is coronavirus in Uganda?

As an Africa tour operator, Is the coronavirus in Uganda? Is coronavirus in Entebbe-Uganda Yet? Are some of the questions that have been frequently asked by tourists/ travelers intending to visit Uganda with us.

There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Uganda. People that had been quarantined for further investigations tested negative. This shows that Uganda is still safe from the virus.

What is a Coronavirus Quarantine?

The term “quarantine” has been used by many people over the last few weeks, but I have realized that many don’t understand it.  A clinical professor of epidemiology at NYU School of Global Public Health and expert in disaster preparedness say it is not really quarantined but rather self-isolation. In other words, it simply means staying home or staying away from other people.

According to the medical experts, if you are mildly ill with this virus, self-isolation helps you save other people’s lives.  You should restrict yourself from activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. If you’re going to the hospital, don’t use public transportation, share a ride, or taxis.

It is recommended that you be kept as isolated from the rest of the household as much as possible. “If someone’s sick in your house, you should try to keep them isolated like you would if they had the flu,” says Callaway. “Don’t share a bathroom, don’t share towels, clean up any surface that they’ve been touching with medicated products.”

Coronavirus Statistics as of 5th March 2020

South Korea: 6,088
Italy: 3,089
Iran: 2,922
Others: 706
Japan: 331
Germany: 262
Spain: 222
Singapore: 110
France: 285
Hong Kong: 105
U.S.: 159
Switzerland: 90
UK: 85

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