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  • Course Description

    In December 2019, a series of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin were reported in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in China. The causative virus was isolated and characterised in January 2020 (Zhou et al., Nature 2020Zhu et al., NEJM 2020). On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) formally named the disease caused by the novel coronavirus as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and by March 2020, WHO characterized the COVID-19 as a pandemic. Since then, the coronavirus has spread to many geographical locations around the world including Uganda. As part of an International rapid response to combat covid-19 pandemic, Ugandan Management University (UTAMU)  has created this free online course on on what people need to know about the novel coronavirus and how to best deal with the threat it poses to you, your family and community.

    The course content is based on information provided by WHO and the Centre of Disease Control (CDCUSA. The course will be updated regularly as more information about the virus becomes available. At the end of the course you will have gained the knowledge to help protect you, your family and your community from contracting and transmitting the novel coronavirus.

    The course is not designed to replace the advice of a qualified medical practitioner or designed for any commercial use by a business or healthcare provider or facility. If you have any concerns about a particular health condition related to COVID-19, please seek the most current medical and/or public health advice from a qualified medical practitioner.



    • Module 1: Epidemiology, Transmission and Symptoms of COVID-19

      • End of Module Assessment Assignment
        Restricted Not available unless: The activity Epidemiology, Transmission and Symptoms of COVID-19 is marked complete
    • Module 2: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of COVID-19

      There is no cure or vaccine available for COVID-19 (as of May 2020) and many places do not have tests available. It is safe to assume that if someone is showing all the common symptoms for COVID-19, they should be treated as if they have COVID-19.

      This module will discuss diagnosis and treatment options for COVID-19 symptoms. People who are sick must stay home in isolation and treat themselves at home until their symptoms become severe and they need medical attention.

      Learning Objectives

      After this module, you should be able to:

      1. Describe the available diagnostic tests and treatment available for COVID-19 symptoms

      2. Understand when to seek medical attention at a health facility

      3. Know what to do when you think you have COVID-19

      4. Practice protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19








      • Testing and Diagnosis of COVID-19 Page
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      • Treatment and Management of COVID-19 Page
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      • Passive Antibody Transfer Page
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      • End of Module Self-Assessment Questions Assignment
        Restricted Not available unless:
        • The activity Passive Antibody Transfer is marked complete
        • The activity Testing and Diagnosis of COVID-19 is marked complete
        • The activity Treatment and Management of COVID-19 is marked complete