Stay at home this Eid to curb virus spread: Min­is­ter

COVID-19 pan­demic in peak stage: Kuwari

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MIN­IS­TER of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mo­hammed al Kuwari has stressed the im­por­tance of stay­ing at home dur­ing the up­com­ing Eid Al Fitr and fol­low­ing the rec­om­mended mea­sures to re­duce the spread of coro­n­avirus (COVID-19).

In a mes­sage to the public, Dr Kuwari said, “Through­out this month, the num­ber of new cases has grad­u­ally risen. We are now en­ter­ing the peak stage of COVID-19 in Qatar. With greater num­bers of peo­ple test­ing pos­i­tive for the virus, it is now as im­por­tant as ever for peo­ple to fol­low pre­ven­tive mea­sures to re­duce the spread of COVID-19.”

“Eid is tra­di­tion­ally a time of year when we so­cialise and cel­e­brate with fam­ily and friends, but this year must be dif­fer­ent. This Eid, it is re­ally im­por­tant that you stay at home and go out only when it is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary. We all have a role to play in suc­cess­fully over­com­ing this pan­demic and through­out the last few months the ma­jor­ity of citizens and res­i­dents of Qatar have re­sponded mag­nif­i­cently. It is es­pe­cially tempt­ing dur­ing Eid to visit friends and fam­ily, but I ask you to please con­tinue fol­low­ing so­cial and phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing mea­sures to help us get through this chal­leng­ing time,” Dr Kuwari added.

The Min­is­ter of Public Health’s mes­sage comes at a time when ap­prox­i­mately 15 COVID-19 pa­tients a day are be­ing ad­mit­ted to In­ten­sive Care Units at Ha­mad Med­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion.

De­spite the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple with COVID-19 in Qatar ex­pe­ri­enc­ing only mild symp­toms, a small num­ber of peo­ple de­velop se­vere symp­toms from the virus and re­quire ad­mis­sion to ICU. These peo­ple are in crit­i­cal con­di­tions as a re­sult of con­tract­ing COVID-19 and re­quire com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal sup­port in or­der to save their lives.

“The ev­i­dence from around the world has shown that while the virus can af­fect peo­ple of all ages and health sta­tus, the el­derly and those peo­ple with chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions are much more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere symp­toms. For this rea­son it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant that we all play our part in pro­tect­ing these vul­ner­a­ble groups of our pop­u­la­tion and the best way in which you can do this is to stay at home as much as pos­si­ble.”

“If you are young and healthy you are not con­sid­ered to be at high risk of se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions from COVID-19, but you are just as likely as ev­ery­one else to catch the virus and then trans­fer it to vul­ner­a­ble friends and fam­ily,” said Dr Kuwari.

It is es­pe­cially tempt­ing dur­ing Eid to visit friends and fam­ily, but I ask you to please con­tinue fol­low­ing so­cial and phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing mea­sures to help us get through this chal­leng­ing time.” —HE Dr Hanan Mo­hammed al Kuwari

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