Guidance by Catholic Bishops of Uganda on Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you already know, the novel Corona virus, COVID-19, outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, has spread to many countries, including some in East Africa. The virus is infectious, meaning it can spread directly or indirectly from one person to another.

Its spread is through the mucosal membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes, then spreading down to the throat, airways and lungs. The virus may contaminate the hand when one touches any surface already contaminated by the virus.

The Corona virus can survive up to 8-10 hours on porous surfaces such as paper, untreated wood, cardboard, sponge, and fabric, and a little longer on non-porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, metal, and varnished wood.

We are cognizant of the fact that the virus is spread essentially through droplets which may come out of the nose or mouth and enter the mouth, nose or eyes of other people who are close to the infected person. Because of this, the virus is easily spread.

Globally, as of today, there are about 200,000 confirmed cases of corona virus with more than 8,000 deaths. More than one hundred forty (140) countries are already affected. In Africa, cases have been confirmed in 28 countries, including Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini [Swaziland], Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, and United Republic of Tanzania.

The  mortality  from  corona virus  is  reported  to  be  as  low  as  2- 30/o. But due to the rapid spread, this rate can rise. Currently, there is no antiviral drug that is confirmed to directly act against COVID-19. Moreover the supportive treatment in our facilities may not be as good as in developed countries, especially where Intensive Care Unit CICU) may be required for severe infections.

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