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14 February 2018 05:00 pm

Five ways to stay safe during a dust storm in Qatar

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Dust Storm

Hamad Medical Corporation urges the public to take necessary precautions as the Qatar Meteorology Department has forecasted strong winds and poor visibility across most of the country due to sand and dust storms. Dust storms can trigger sinus allergies and respiratory infections, especially in those with chronic diseases.

The public is advised to take the following precautions during inclement weather:

1. Avoid going outside, especially during high winds or low visibility when the dust levels are particularly harmful.  

2. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth to reduce inhalation of particles of dust. 

3. When driving, keep the car windows closed. 

4. Avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent eye infections.

5. Individuals who experience mild symptoms such as watering eyes, cough, or wheezing should go to their Primary Health Care Center while those who have severe breathing problems may have a lung infection and should go to the Emergency Department.

Have you been affected by today’s sandstorm? Tell us about your experience in the comments below and don't forget to share these tips with others!

(Cover image credit of Hamad Medical Corporation)