In December 2019, the world awoke to news of a SARS-like virus in Wuhan, China. Without notice, this virus spread across the world infecting millions of people, forcing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic. As scientists struggled to fathom and contain this virus, most governments across the globe put in place strict measures to reduce infections.

 

First, they advised populations to wash hands, wipe down surfaces with disinfectant, and cover the mouth when coughing. While that was a good move, they soon learnt that it was not enough; more had to be done. Slowly, countries started restricting entry and then many closed their borders all together, allowing in only cargo planes.

Despite this, infections continued increasing, a thing experts said was from prior entries. They tried to implore those feeling unwell to self-quarantine but it didn’t work. Nothing was working, and they were left with one option, a lockdown.

 

In Uganda, schools were closed, curfew introduced and public transport suspended for everyone, except essential workers. Large gatherings were stopped and most shopping places closed –except those selling food. While this was a known solution to beating the virus, sadly it left a large percentage of the population that lives from ‘hand-tomouth’ in a dire state.

 

Generosity in the time of covid Report One