MoPH advice’s on the use of masks only under certain conditions | How to safely use a mask
The Ministry of Public Health does not advise healthy people to routinely wear a mask to reduce their risk of COVID-19. However, it is advised to wear a mask under certain conditions.
If you are sick, with respiratory symptoms like coughing or sneezing wear a mask:
- While staying at home, especially around family members, and seek medical help by calling the COVID-19 hotline 16000
- If you are in transit to the hospital
- If you entered a waiting area in a clinic or hospital
If you are not sick, with respiratory symptoms like coughing or sneezing, wear a mask (ONLY IF)
- You are in any of the following high-risk groups and had to go out for a necessity:
– People diagnosed with a chronic disease (such as diabetes, chronic renal disease, chronic heart disease, Chronic lung disease, cancer, immune compromising condition) or if you are taking medications that lower your immunity
– Older adult (55 years or older)
– Pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are a care giver or sharing living space with a person suspected to have contacted COVID-19
- You are the caregiver or sharing the same living space with someone who sufferers from a chronic condition
- You are required to interact closely with other people in your workplace, such as customers or visitors
- If, for necessity you need to use public transportation or while riding a car with several other people
- If, for necessity, you need to enter a public or crowded place
- You live or work in a locked down area or share a room with others
How to safely use a mask?
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16000 will also continue to provide a 24/7 call centre service for all enquiries in relation to the COVID-19.
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- Get your allocated share of masks from Pharmacies in Qatar – 20 Masks for QR 40
- A new mobile application called “EHTERAZ”, meaning “precaution” will be launched soon. This will be compatible to Apple iOS and Android smartphones.
- New restrictions are in place for visitors to HMC hospitals and facilities
- PHCC Medication Home Delivery Service: Communicate over WhatsApp numbers of health centers – Contact the respect health center numbers. They are open from 8 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday)