A United Kingdom based Ugandan nurse who recently got infected with Coronavirus and later survived has strongly advised fellow Ugandans against overwhelming fear or panicking.
She however advised Ugandans to keep seeking for information about the deadly coronavirus which has so far killed over 40,000 people around the world and infected over 800,000 others.
Narrating her two weeks experience over the phone, the Ugandan nurse who never wanted her names to be mentioned simply because she’s not meant to talk to media, said she got infected with the deadly virus from a patient at the hospital in South East London where she works.
“We had been receiving many such cases with high temperatures and we were attending to them like any other patient without protection. So on March 14, I was sent to work in the wing where there was this patient with high temperature, at one time he stood up to go to the toilet, he stumbled and I grabbed him,” she narrated what happened before she caught the deadly coronavirus.
The former journalist now turned nurse said, after the incident on March 17, she started showing high temperatures. Sometimes her temperatures would go up to 39.8 degrees but didn’t know what the problem was. She suspects she infected other people in the process.
“When I told my bosses, I was told to quarantine myself. So whenever the temperatures would rise I would use paracetamol to control the temperature. The amount of paracetamol I have swallowed in the ten days, is more than what I have used in the last 7 years,” she said.
Though she had high fever, she was breathing normally even at night. She said, people with breathing problems those are the most affected because they will need oxygen.
She has advised Ugandans to stop panicking and join the fight against the pandemic. She has asked everyone to stay at home as much as they can, wash your hands with soap or sanitizer and avoid crowds.
She said knowledge is the most important part of fighting the virus. She said every home should limit the people going out for shopping.
“If anybody returns to the house either from work, they should not make contact with people at home before bathing. Let them remove any protective gear and even the clothes and bathe. Even the bag find, a place you can hang it, the virus can even cling on clothes, bags and even hair,” she said.
Anybody who feels doing all that is a tall order should not leave the house. She said other than being swallowed up with fear, Ugandans should follow the advise of medical personnel and follow their instructions.
While at home, she advised Ugandans to use more ginger, garlic, lemon and honey to boost their immunity and that of their children. She said this mixture should be taken in the morning and evening, according to Daily Monitor.
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