COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of virus that includes the common cold, SARS and MERS. The most recent COVID-19 outbreak involves a new strain that previously had not been identified in humans.

Main Signs and Symptoms

Coughing/Sneezing
Fever
Pneumonia
Difficulty breathing
How is Coronavirus Transmitted?

The virus lives in the droplet of water in an infected person’s respiratory system. If they sneeze, cough or touch their mouth, these particles can spread. These particles can then land in the mouth or nose of uninfected people or be inhaled.

How to Protect Yourself

Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
Treatment

There is no known treatment for COVID-19, nor has a vaccine been developed.

The Uganda COVID-19 national response plan, through the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit has received additional funding of £2.7 million (13B UGX) from the Medical Research Council/UK Research and Innovation (MRC/UKRI) towards diagnostic testing, sequencing, clinical support and community based surveillance to support and assess the wider impact of infection and pandemic mitigation strategies.
https://bit.ly/2CmzOg5

Researchers at MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Ministry of Health (MoH) and their partners have generated the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) full genomes using rapid local sequencing.
https://bit.ly/2BAf83r

The University of Glasgow has committed to supporting international partners, including the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit with a series of high-impact research collaborations to help mitigate the global health impacts of COVID-19. https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_726456_en.html

The Wellcome Trust is supporting the African COVID-19 preparedness (AFRICO19) project to enhance capacity to understand SARS-CoV-2/hCoV-19 infection in three regions of Africa (Kenya, The Gambia and Uganda) and globally.
https://wellcome.ac.uk/grant-funding/people-and-projects/grants-awarded/...

The Wellcome Trust is supporting COVID-19 Intervention Modelling for East Africa (CIMEA). In Uganda (at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit) and Kenya the project will collect epidemiological, genomic and behavioural data through health facility surveillance, household follow-up and contact studies. This will allow for quantifying uncertainties of SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemiology and contact patterns in well and unwell individuals.
https://wellcome.ac.uk/grant-funding/people-and-projects/grants-awarded/...

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of virus that includes the common cold, SARS and MERS. The most recent COVID-19 outbreak involves a new strain that previously had not been identified in humans.

Main Signs and Symptoms

Coughing/Sneezing
Fever
Pneumonia
Difficulty breathing
How is Coronavirus Transmitted?

The virus lives in the droplet of water in an infected person’s respiratory system. If they sneeze, cough or touch their mouth, these particles can spread. These particles can then land in the mouth or nose of uninfected people or be inhaled.

How to Protect Yourself

Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
Treatment

There is no known treatment for COVID-19, nor has a vaccine been developed.

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