Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation and Primary Health Care Corporation has created this website to provide residents of Qatar with a trusted source of information related to the Coronavirus disease 2019 from China. Officially named ‘(COVID-19)’, it is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The Coronavirus disease 2019 is a respiratory illness affecting people in China and several other countries around the world. Though no cases of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (officially named as “COVID-19”) have been reported in Qatar, it is important that residents of Qatar are fully aware of what the virus is, the signs and symptoms, and what action to take if they suspect they may be at risk.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
Coronavirus disease 2019 is a novel (new) strain of coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hebei Province, China. The majority of cases have been reported in China, with cases also reported in other countries including Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, USA and Japan.
According to the updated clinical and epidemiological features of the emerging virus, the novel coronavirus is considered to be very similar to many coronaviruses that are typically transmitted from animals to humans. However, this novel virus is reported to have been transmitted from human to human with a course of illness that ranges from mild to moderate symptoms in the majority of people with the infection. Nevertheless, severe symptoms and complications or even death may occur in people who suffer chronic diseases and lowered immunity.
There is currently no vaccine available to protect against the China Novel Coronavirus. Though there is no specific antiviral treatment available, people infected with the Coronavirus disease 2019 receive medical care to relieve their symptoms.