Should you wear a mask in public: Ministry clarifies

As seven novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have been reported in the country, health authorities have clarified about the use of a medical mask to prevent the disease and said that it needs to be worn only if a healthcare professional recommends it.

Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory diseases. However, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) does not currently advise people to wear a mask to reduce their risk of COVID-19.

A facemask should only be worn if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms of the virus. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected, the Ministry has said.

Dedicated call centre
Also, the MoPH has set up a dedicated call centre to answer all questions and enquiries related to COVID-19 in English and Arabic. Public and health professionals can call 24×7 on 16000 for enquiries.
Q. What information is provided?
A. Information includes:

  • What is a coronavirus and how is Qatar affected?
  • Signs and symptoms of coronavirus
  • What to do if you suspect you may be at risk
  • Advice on travelling to China and other affected countries
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