3/18/2020 |


What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.



The Health and Security of our staff


The Coronavirus Covid-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization but the outbreak can be contained with aggressive and collective action. Our action begins with ensuring the safety and security of our staff all over the world. A health protocol has been developed to help prevent workplace exposures and to provide planning considerations if there are more widespread community outbreaks. Field offices are urged to follow security measures designed by local officials on top of the contingency plan developed by Qatar Charity for extra security and safety.


Qatar Charity is also helping staff develop a household plan to better manage the daily routine of family members and ensure their safety.


Our efforts worldwide

Qatar Charity unfolded an emergency plan across its 25 field offices to help support local health officials efforts in implementing community actions designed to help slow the spread of the outbreak.

In the State of Qatar where our headquarters are located, we have launched a nationwide appeal to support global efforts in fighting the Coronavirus outbreak. We are working to support our local program teams to better respond to the Coronavirus and to add it as a major risk factor in their programming. We are closely working with ministries to support their efforts in raising awareness and implementing preventive measures that will curb the evolution of the disease. 

Qatar Charity is aware that its interventions in some countries most affected by the outbreak will be affected due to local regulations pertaining to work-related measures, production and transportation.

With children being an integral part of our mandate, we are joining hands with UNICEF to help spread timely, accurate and relevant information to children and parents. Please find out more about how you can protect yourself and your loved ones here:

Urgent Appeal

Qatar Charity is concerned about the unspeakable consequences that the outbreak could have if spread in high risk areas such as refugee settlements where access to healthcare remains limited. Refugees and IDPs being a segment of major concern to Qatar Charity, we remain on high alert in case our assistance is needed in supporting the preparedness, prevention and response of refugee communities around the world.






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