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.
Exercising extra caution is important while driving in adverse weather conditions. Reduce your speed, keep a safe distance and avoid overtaking except in ideal conditions. If visibility is very low, park your vehicle on roadside away from carriage way. #Qatar #MoI_Qatar
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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!
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