The Ministry of Public Health has released guidelines on how one should home quarantine.
How to home quarantine
- Stay at home in a room with an attached bathroom separated from other family members, and ensure proper and regular ventilation.
- Avoid any contact with other family members.
- Don’t allow visitors into your house.
- Use your phone if you need to contact anyone else in the house.
- Ask others - a family member's or friend - to run errands for you like buying food or medicine.
- You must not leave your house. In the event of a medical emergency call 999.
- Only one member of the family should be allowed to provide care to you. Your caregiver should wear a facemask and gloves every time he or she enters your room and should dispose of the mask and gloves and wash their hands immediately after leaving the room. A distance of at least 1.5 meters shall be maintained between you and your caregiver at all times.
How to protect yourself and others from infection
- Ensure you wash your hands with water and soap frequently, with the correct technique, for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if water and soap is not available.
- It is important to always wash your hands thoroughly:
- After coughing or sneezing.
- Before, during and after preparing food.
- Before eating.
- After going to the bathroom.
- Everyone in the house should wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their face, mouth or nose.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue immediately in a lined trash bin. Wash your hands immediately after. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, toothbrushes, clothes, pillows, bed linen, or towels with other people in your house and wash these items thoroughly with soap and warm water after use.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and used items at least once a day, including door, handles, toilets, tables, TV remote controls, mobile phones, and all other high-touch surfaces and items. Single-use gloves should be used when cleaning and once you finish cleaning, dispose of the gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.
- Make sure your clothes washed separately from other people’s clothes in the house.
- Don’t share towels with other people in your home and use your own towels, whether you use them to dry off after a shower or to dry your face and hands.
Eating at home
- Avoid cooking or preparing food for others, let someone else in the house cook your food to avoid entering the kitchen.
- Eat your food in your room and avoid eating or drinking with other people in the house.
- Be careful to wash your dishes separately from others in the house.
- Make sure to eat healthy food that strengthens your immunity system.
- Make sure to drink enough water (8-12 glasses a day).
Additional useful information
- If you have a chronic health condition and require regular medication, ensure you have an adequate supply available at home.
- Use simple ways to explain the situation to children and avoid any direct contact with them.
- Make sure there is a closed trash bin in your room. Place a plastic bag in your trash bin and ensure the plastic bag is tightly sealed before you throw it.
- Make sure to get enough sleep and rest.
- Avoid contact with any pet in the house, especially if other people are also in contact with it.
Items to have available
- Face masks. Do not use it more than one time, throw the mask in the trash and wash your hands well after you use it.
- Gloves. Do not use them more than one time, throw the gloves in the trash and wash your hands well after you use it.
- Alcohol swabs.
- Fever-reducing medicine, such as Paracetamol.
- Hand soap.
- Hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Home cleaning items, including toilet and kitchen detergents.
- Tissue paper.
- Alcohol wipes.
- Closed trash bins.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, such as (fever, cough, shortness of breath, body ache or change in taste or smell), please call 16000.
Travellers arriving to Qatar
If you are a passenger arriving in Qatar, you will be required to adhere to quarantine requirements.
If you are arriving from one of the countries identified by the state of Qatar government as low risk, you will be required to quarantine at home for a period of 1 week.
For the list of low-risk countries click here.
If you are arriving from any other country, you will be required to quarantine at one of the government-approved quarantine hotels for a period of one week, followed by another week of home quarantine.
If you've been tested in one of the MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centers abroad and had a COVID-19 free certificate (48hrs), you are exempted from testing at the airport and eligible for home quarantine for one week.
Home Quarantine Checklist for returning travellers:
- Have suitable housing conditions with the availability of their own room and linked bathroom.
- Must sign an undertaking (including all the family members and household helpers living in the same house) to abide by the rules of home-based quarantine.
- Must watch a video clip and review the pamphlet on Home Quarantine.
- Must apply preventive measures at home to protect the others.
- Have a swab taken on day 5 or 6 of their arrival at the designated Covid19 Quarantine Center.
- Must answer the phone calls from the public health team after being discharged to Home Quarantine.
- Must agree to receive a visit from the public health team every 2-3 days.
- Must inform the public health team if any symptoms developed (fever, cough, body aches, change in taste or smell).
- Must download the Ehteraz app.
- Should not receive visitors while under home quarantine.
Click here to download the Home Quarantine for Travelers booklet.
Source: MoPH Qatar
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