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Coronavirus Updates
Updated at 12:33 pm on September 15, 2020

Health Information


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus that belongs to a larger group of coronaviruses.

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Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exhibited a range of mild to severe symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure, are:

  • Fever - temperature above 100ºF or 37.8ºC
  • Tiredness (fatigue)

  • Chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Cough

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

Some people have no symptoms and are asymptomatic. They can also be infectious.

If you are feeling unwell or develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms, be sure to do the following:

Self Isolation at Home

Self isolate at home.

 

MoPH Hotline

Call the Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health toll-free hotline on 16000. Suspected cases of COVID-19 will be triaged to the CDC. The possession of a health card and/or QID is not necessary in order to be tested and/or receive treatment. These services are provided for free by the government.

A self-assessment service to determine whether a person needs to be tested for COVID-19 is available on the MOPH website.

 

GU Qatar

Students/Faculty/Staff: Contact Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon in HR.
Email

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Current COVID-19 Statistics in Qatar

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How to Protect Yourself and Others

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The most effective way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • Follow basic precautionary measures at all times.

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Practice physical distancing - maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from others to stop or slow the spread of the virus.

Distancing at GU-Q

 

 

Usage of Protective Equipment

Face Masks

Wearing a face covering in public is one of the ways of limiting the spread of coronavirus by people who have the virus. As of May 17, 2020, all citizens and residents are required to wear a mask when leaving their house for any reason, except when driving alone in a vehicle. Non-compliance may result in potential fines or jail time. The full announcement can be accessed here.

Advice on the Use of Masks (MoPH)

Use of Cloth Face Covering (CDC)

Video Tutorial on Wearing and Disposing of a Surgical Mask

Video Tutorial on Improving Your Surgical Mask Fit

Disposable Gloves

Gloves are not mandatory, but recommended in certain situations, including:

  • Providing direct care for a person suspected of having COVID-19;
  • Grocery shopping;
  • Handling home deliveries;
  • Performing housekeeping activities, such as general cleaning and disinfecting.

Wearing gloves will not fully protect against COVID-19. Make sure to clean your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds, as it offers more protection than wearing gloves. Remember that you can still pick up the infection while wearing gloves if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nose.

Advice on Use of Disposable Gloves

High Risk Groups

Some people are more likely to have severe disease if they get infected. Risk factors include:

  • Age (55 and above)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Weakened immune system (e.g. caused by certain medications or pregnancy). 

Vulnerable individuals are advised by MoPH to follow extra precautionary measures, as they are more susceptible to infections. Check out more information regarding people at increased risk.

The study of known cases has so far shown that young and healthy people account for significantly slower proportion of infections. Children are less likely to be severely ill from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Read more information here

If you require special accommodation for work due to being in a high risk group please contact GU-Q Human Resources.

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Mental Wellness and Wellbeing

Wellness note: Taking care of your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health. For support, students can access SWCC resources, or call (+974) 4457-8330 or email SWCC, faculty and staff can contact Cigna EAP. The MoPH has also set up COVID-19 National Mental Health Helpline Numbers.

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Check the resources below that will help you to cope with stress. We encourage all to participate in virtual wellness events organized for the entire EC community.

National Mental Health Program
COVID-19 National Mental Health Helpline Numbers

The following phone numbers are available from 8am to 8pm.

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What to Do in Case of Exposure to the Virus

If you think you have been exposed to the virus, you must take certain steps to monitor your health and restrict contact with other people to prevent further spread. The most common way of contracting the virus is through the contact with someone who has COVID-19 while they are infectious. The contact might mean:

  • Physical contact
  • Close contact: within 2 meters for 15 or more minutes
  • Proximate contact: more than 2 meters, but in the same room for an extended period of time.

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Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19

 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Social Distancing

SELF-QUARANTINE

Quarantine

SELF-ISOLATION

Self Isolation

DEFINITION

Definition

Maintaining at least 2 meters of distance from others to stop or slow the spread of the virus.

Restricting movement and contact ofpeople who have no symptoms but are at risk of being infected.

Separating people who have symptoms or who tested positive from those who are healthy.

RESPONSE

Response

Use physical distancing at all times, if you have not been exposed to the virus. Self quarantine if you have been exposed to the virus but have no symptoms. Self-isolate if you exhibit symptoms or have tested positive.

DURATION

Duration

Until further notice For 14 days since the last contact with the person who is infected. At least 10 days after onset of illness; symptoms must be improving and no fever in past 3 days.

TREATMENT

Treatment

Take general precautions. If you develop symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call the 16000 hotline. CALL THE 16000 HOTLINE. Watch for signs and symptoms.

In an emergency Call 999 and say you may have COVID-19.
CALL THE 16000 HOTLINE. Watch for worsening symptoms: trouble breathing, chest pain, confusion, blue face/lips.

In an emergency Call 999 and say you may have COVID-19.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines

  • Keep at least 2-meter distance between you and others
  • Avoid gatherings
  • Avoid physical contact (e.g. shaking hands)
  • Reduce number of passengers in one car
  • Work from home if possible

MOPH Physical Distancing Guide

MOPH Quarantine Guide

  • Stay home, no visitors
  • Separate your living quarters
  • Wear a face mask
  • Assign one care-giver from household
  • Only phone/online communication
  • Use separate utensils, don’t prepare food for others
  • Practice rigorous hygiene and cleanliness
  • Have 14 day supply of food & medicine delivered.

MOPH Isolation Guide

CONTACTS

Contact

Questions or concerns:

Students: Email SWCC
Faculty/Staff: Email Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon
If you tested positive or suspect COVID-19:

Students/Faculty/Staff: Email Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon
If you tested positive or suspect COVID-19:

Students/Faculty/Staff: Email Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon
Prevention and Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Social Distancing

DEFINITION

Definition

Maintaining at least 2 meters of distance from others to stop or slow the spread of the virus.

RESPONSE

Response

Use physical distancing at all times, if you have not been exposed to the virus.

DURATION

Duration

Until further notice

TREATMENT

Treatment

Take general precautions. If you develop symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call the 16000 hotline.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines

  • Keep at least 2-meter distance between you and others
  • Avoid gatherings
  • Avoid physical contact (e.g. shaking hands)
  • Reduce number of passengers in one car
  • Work from home if possible

MOPH Physical Distancing Guide

CONTACTS

Contact

Questions or concerns:

Students: Email SWCC or call 4457-8330
Faculty/Staff: Email Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon or call 4457-8482
Prevention and Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 

SELF-QUARANTINE

Quarantine

DEFINITION

Definition

Restricting movement and contact of people who have no symptoms but are at risk of being infected.

RESPONSE

Response

Self-quarantine if you have been exposed to the virus but have no symptoms.

DURATION

Duration

For 14 days since the last contact with the person who is infected.

TREATMENT

Treatment

CALL THE 16000 HOTLINE. Watch for symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

In an emergency Call 999 and say you may have COVID-19.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines

MOPH Quarantine Guide

CONTACTS

Contact

If you tested positive or suspect COVID-19:

Students/Faculty/Staff: Email Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon or call 4457-8482
Prevention and Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 

SELF-ISOLATION

Self Isolation

DEFINITION

Definition

Separating people who have symptoms or who tested positive from those who are healthy.

RESPONSE

Response

Self isolate if you think you have the virus or have tested positive.

DURATION

Duration

At least 10 days after onset of illness; symptoms must be improving and no fever in past 3 days.

TREATMENT

Treatment

CALL THE 16000 HOTLINE. Watch for worsening symptoms: trouble breathing, chest pain, confusion, blue face/lips.

In an emergency Call 999 and say you may have COVID-19.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines

  • Stay home, no visitors
  • Separate your living quarters
  • Wear a face mask
  • Assign one care-giver from household
  • Only phone/online communication
  • Use separate utensils, don’t prepare food for others
  • Practice rigorous hygiene and cleanliness
  • Have 14 day supply of food & medicine delivered.

MOPH Isolation Guide

CONTACTS

Contact

If you tested positive or suspect COVID-19:

Students/Faculty/Staff: Email Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon or call 4457-8482

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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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More Guidance on Prevention

 

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Other Resources

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