Everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
UPDATE: MARCH 26, 7:44 PM: MOPH announces 13 new cases of COVID-19 in Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 26, 11:00 PM: Qatar announced additional measures to combat COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 25, 8:45 PM: MoPH announces 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 24, 9:00 PM: Two temporary hospitals to be established in Qatar soon
UPDATE: MARCH 23, 9:00 PM: MoPH announces four recovery cases, and seven new cases of COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 22, 9:00 PM: COVID-19: Qatar announces six recovery cases, and 13 new cases
UPDATE: MARCH 21, 9:45 PM: Qatar announces additinal measures to combat COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 21, 8.30 PM: Qatar annoumces 17 recovery cases, bringing total recovery cases to 27
UPDATE: MARCH 20, 9.30 PM: MoPH confirms 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 19, 9.45 PM: Qatar announces six recovery cases, other decisions to tackle COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 18, 9.45 PM: MoCI takes measures to control prices hand sanitizers, wipes, and soaps
UPDATE: MARCH 18, 9.00 PM: MoPH announces 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Qatar, brining national tally to 452
UPDATE: MARCH 18, 7.45 PM: 80 percent of the government employees to start working remotely from March 22
UPDATE: MARCH 16, 6.15 PM: MoPH announces 38 new cases of COVID-19 in Qatar, bringing national tally to 439
UPDATE: MARCH 15, 7.30 PM - MoPH confirms 64 new cases of COVID-19 in Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 14, 1.00 PM - 17 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Qatar; total reaches 337
UPDATE: MARCH 13, 10.00 PM - 58 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Qatar. total reaches 320
UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2.00 AM - Friday Prayer will be held in all the mosques across Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 11.50 PM - Cinemas, theatres, children's play areas, gyms, and wedding venues will be closed from March 13
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 4.10 PM - A guide to what's closed and postoned in Qatar due to COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 11.10 AM - First batch of Iran returnees, under quarantine in Qatar, declared free of COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 10, 7.00 PM -- Six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 10, 5.45 PM -- MoPH bans Shisha/Hookah in all restaurants and cafes in Qatar under preventive measures to tackle COVID-19
UPDATE: MARCH 9, 2.30 PM -- All schools, educational institutes in Qatar to be closed from March 10 until further notice: GCO
UDPATE: MARCH 9, 2.00 PM -- Three additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus detected in Qatar
UPDATE: MARCH 9, 12.30 AM -- Qatar temporarily suspends entry for travelers from 14 countries
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated from China in December 2019 has affected more than 199,000 people in over 157 countries around the world by now.
As of now, Qatar has recorded 442 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Qatar has assured the public that the patients are being kept under complete quarantine and strict infection control procedures at Hamad Medical Corporation’s Communicable Diseases Center.
As health authorities in the country continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.
It is significant for the public to know everything about the virus to play their role in preventing the spread of the illness.
What is COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) coronaviruses (CoV) are a large group of viruses that can cause varying illnesses such as the common cold or more severe diseases such as MERS or SARS.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a previously unidentified strain of coronavirus, which has not been found in humans before.
How does it spread?
Although the origin of the virus in China has been connected with animal to human transmission, the disease has been spreading from person to person.
This means that just like other respiratory illnesses, individuals in close proximity of an infected person may be at risk.
MoPH outlined three ways in which the disease can spread:
- By air (by breathing in droplets of bodily fluids such as saliva or mucus of an infected individual)
- Through close personal contact (such as touching, shaking hands, or kissing)
- Touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes with hands (as hands may be contaminated after coming into contact with infected surfaces)
What are the symptoms?
It is important to know that symptoms of COVID-19 may not begin to show for up to 14 days.
The WHO reported that fever, tiredness and dry cough are among the most common symptoms of the virus. However, some patients may also experience pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
It is also likely that some individuals, who contract the virus, feel no symptoms at all.
“Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing,” WHO said.
How to protect yourself?
Here are precautionary measures MoPH recommends:
Pay special attention to hand hygiene
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Likewise, you could use an alcohol-based rub.
Wash your hands:
- after coughing or sneezing;
- before during, and after preparing food;
- before eating;
- after using the restroom
- when caring for patients
- when your hands are dirty
- after handling animals
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands
Make sure not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands, as they may be infection carriers. This is why it is essential to regularly wash hands.
Cancel or postpone travel plans
MoPH has urged the public to avoid unnecessary traveling to countries that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Keep your distance from people who show visible signs of respiratory illnesses. Do not shake hands with individuals with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Always cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
When sneezing or coughing, make sure to use a clean napkin to cover your nose and mouth. Immediately discard the used napkin in the trash. If a napkin is unavailable, use the top of your sleeve (flexed elbow) but do not your hands.
Visit the nearest health center in case of flu-like symptoms
If you develop any flu-like symptoms, make sure to visit the nearest health center or hospital.
The MoPH has launched a dedicated hotline (16000) to answer any public queries about the novel coronavirus.
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