Qatar’s Public Health Ministry has announced it has issued Coronavirus advice for older people. As well as specifying what Coronavirus is, how people get infected and whether or not older people are at risk, it provides guidance on the steps older people can take to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. To reduce the risk, older people should follow the Public Health Ministry’s instructions on social distancing, staying at home, avoiding busy places and avoiding touching surfaces. They should also wash their hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based solution or sanitiser. In addition, they should avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth and wash their hands before and after. They should avoid having visitors, including family and friends. They should avoid sharing living areas with family members and stay in separate rooms where they can. Finally, they should regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and avoid physical contact with other people. If they have household help they should ensure they regularly wash their hands and wear a face mask when they are close to them. They should carry on taking their usual medication and if they start feeling unwell they should exercise caution and contact their health professional.
For more information visit www.moph.gov.qa. The guidelines are available here.