In an interview with The Peninsula, Medical Director of Communicable Disease Center, Dr. Muna Al Maslamani talked about COVID-19 cases in Qatar amongst travelers saying have been relatively low compared to cases from the community; 10% of cases in Qatar are from returning travelers. Qatar has instilled an effective system to prevent infections from travelers.
Dr. Al Maslamani told The Peninsula “The COVID-19 continues to pose a real threat to the health of people in Qatar and it is imperative that people follow all preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection. The strict and increasing compliance with strategies to mitigate public health impacts, such as vaccination, physical distancing, and use of masks, hand hygiene, isolation and quarantine is essential to curb the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and protect public health.”
She urges people with symptoms to come forward as soon as possible, “The sooner medical teams treat your symptoms, the greater the chance of avoiding complications … If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, you may have COVID -19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider,” she said.
“One of the reasons why we see an increase in cases is due to people not following preventive measures as strictly as they used to be … failure to follow preventive measures and the laxity of some members of the community with regard to wearing masks and visits and not taking precautions in councils, weddings and other events, led to the occurrence of many hotbeds of infection. Most of the community cases were reported among citizens and professional residents – including their families,” Dr. Al Maslamani.
Dr. Al Maslamani explained that new viruses are expected to emerge through time, “It seems that these variants spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. The increase in the number of cases will put more pressure on healthcare resources, and lead to more hospitalizations, and possibly more deaths.”
Source: The Peninsula