COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Coronavirus. A novel Coronavirus (now called SARS-CoV-2) was detected in three patients with pneumonia connected to the cluster of acute respiratory illness cases from Wuhan, China.
(COVID-19) stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019 because it was discovered In December 2019.
By the end of February 2020, several were experiencing sustained local transmission of Coronavirus disease.
The disease causes respiratory illness with symptoms such as Cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing (Shortness of breath). You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, Maintain a social distance (at least 1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
How it spreads
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, it spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when coughs or sneezes. It also spreads through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow and It also spreads when a person touches a surface or an object that purchases the virus on it, and then touches his/her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Signs & Symptoms
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. Among these cases, the most commonly reported clinical symptom was fever (47%), dry or productive cough (25%), sore throat (16%), general weakness (6%) and pain (5%). The frequency of these symptoms differs notably from those reported from China.
More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Besides older people, even people with other medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
These are Common symptoms
- Shortness of breath
Other symptoms include:-
- Sore throat
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea, nausea or a runny nose in very few people.
You can relieve your symptoms if you:
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Rest and sleep
- Keep warm
- Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the corona virus, what causes it and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub or Hand Sanitizers and make sure not touching your face and cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
Another best way to slow down transmission (if not affected yet) is to stay Home till the situation gets stable and self-isolating from others in the household if you feel unwell
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line to seek medical attention on advice, testing and referral.
In Uganda, The ministry of health provided emergency phone numbers in case of any suspected case
Toll free lines: 919, 0800100066, 0800203033 and 0800303033
OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Weeks ago, Uganda discovered its first case of Coronavirus. As a way of preventing the virus from spreading further at a rapid rate, the government banned all public gatherings such as weddings, Markets, concerts, and any other event as long as it was to consist of many people, this finally followed by 14 days Lockdown to slowdown the transmission of the covid-19.
As much as this was the right thing for the government to do to keep citizens of Uganda safe, it stopped a lot from work which created a moment of intense Sorrow, this is because many people get daily income for survival, and it’s very hard for a large number to get what to eat throughout all given days.
Food Donation Program
We are committed to protecting vulnerable communities from COVID-19
As SOHM, to bring smiles and hope to hopeless people in our communities is our concern by collecting unspoiled, healthy food, Sugar, Hand Sanitizers, Masks Soap, and other essential household equipment and donating it to our neighbors in need.
By donating food, we’re feeding people, supporting local communities, and saving lives.
We thank all our supporters for demonstrating generosity and compassion in helping Old people, children, families, and communities at-risk in Uganda.
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 ESV
It doesn’t require a big budget to keep this work going. If you were to give up a coffee a week to support starving people in Uganda, it would help us to continue our work.
Support Our Work
You now have an awesome way of being a part of supporting our work to feed the needy in Uganda.
Our work is an important step to strengthen social welfare, human rights, care-giving support, social justice and gender equality around the world.
There are many ways you can support our work. All donations will help us accomplish our mission.
Anyone can be a Life saving Food Donor!
“Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. “ Proverbs 28:27 ESV”