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21 2020 Jun
COVID-19: Going to the gym? Follow these precautions in the UAE

COVID-19: Going to the gym? Follow these precautions in the UAE

Huda Tabrez, Senior News Editor If you going back to the gym is stressing you out, here are some basic guidelines that you can follow to make sure your fitness regime does not unnecessarily expose you to the new corona virus. The Dubai Health Authority issued guidelines on its social media channels for gym operators as well as customers to follow: The hygiene and social distancing guidelines were issued to curb the spread of COVID-19. According to the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Dubai Economic Department (DED), gyms in Dubai are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Each Emirates has issued regulations on the maximum number of people allowed in gyms, if they have reopened, and need to...

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14 2020 Jun
Why it Matters: Having that Conversation with Your Kids about Bullying

Why it Matters: Having that Conversation with Your Kids about Bullying

Bullying is a very serious concern gripping educational institutes around the world today. While schools adopt a zero-tolerance policy, unfortunately it still exists. Often times, the crux of the problem are the kids who keep their suffering a secret. Jyotika Aggarwal, Clinical Psychologist reveals strategies for parents to initiate that conversation with kids.   Negative Messages At such an impressionable age, it is hard for the “bullied” to stand up for themselves. Getting the message that they are not “good enough”, children start to believe it. They are afraid of being judged as “weak” or being threatened, therefore, they don’t see the option of talking to their parents about it. To t...

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07 2020 Jun
Combating coronavirus: Is there any infection risk from recovered Covid-19 patients?

Combating coronavirus: Is there any infection risk from recovered Covid-19 patients?

Staff Reporter /Dubai / June 7, 2020 Residents are urged to avoid fake tips, guidelines and predictions on social media and websites. Recovered Covid-19 patients pose no threat to others, a top official has said. Authorities ensure that infected cases don't leave hospitals or quarantine facilities without fully recovering. During a virtual Press briefing on Saturday, Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, said: "Covid-19 incubation starts two days before developing any symptoms and lasts up to eight days after the symptoms appear." A rundown of what health officials discussed at the briefing:- Rumours spread panic Dr Farida said more rumors about Covi...

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31 2020 May
KEEPING HOMES, WORKPLACES AND POSSESSIONS VIRUS-FREE

KEEPING HOMES, WORKPLACES AND POSSESSIONS VIRUS-FREE

A DHA official offers advice on how to minimise your risk of COVID-19 infection Published:  April 06, 2020, Noor Nazzal, DHA While the UAE Government has launched a nation-wide disinfection programme in line with the precautionary measures taken by the country to contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important for us as individuals to also make sure that our personal space and belongings are clean and virus-free. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), studies suggest that coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions, such as the type of surface, temperature and humidity. Dr Hind Al Awadhi, Head of Health...

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18 2020 May
The Importance of Practicing Physical Distancing at Home

The Importance of Practicing Physical Distancing at Home

Published:  April 13, 2020 by Noor Nazzal, DHA DHA recommends taking precautions in homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At this point, everyone is aware that physical distancing from others prevents the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but many do not know that they should also practise physical distancing and other precautionary measures when they are home. Dr Hind Al Awadhi, Head of Health Promotion and Education Section at Dubai Health Authority (DHA) called on the public to practise physical distancing at home, even if all family members are healthy. The World Health Organisation advises that people maintain 2m (6 feet) distance from one another to prevent the sp...

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13 2020 May
SOCIAL DISTANCING

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Keep Your Distance to Slow the Spread. Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING? Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people Do not gather in groups Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away f...

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03 2020 May
IMMUNITY AND DIET: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

IMMUNITY AND DIET: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

How what you consume can affect your immune system and your susceptibility to infection Published:  March 23, 2020, Keith J. Fernandez, Special to Better Health In recent weeks, much attention has focused on the role of the immune system and its role in defending against disease-causing microorganisms. While the body has an impressive array of weapons to battle any invaders, there are moments when pathogens bypass these warriors, virus and bacteria sometimes do get through. In such cases, your first port of call should be a medical professional who can advise on treatment routes. That said, there are a number of ways to reduce your vulnerability, including enhanced hygiene and other eve...

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27 2020 Apr
Health Care While Fasting During Ramadan

Health Care While Fasting During Ramadan

Ramadan is a special time of the year for those who are fasting. However, those with certain health conditions, should keep a few pointers in mind while fasting, particularly during summer. Good diet is key to healthy digestion during Ramadan. If a correct diet is not followed during the Ramadan period, a person is prone to getting ailments related to the digestive health. Some symptoms frequently encountered during Ramadan include indigestion, bloating and heartburn, particularly after eating too much at iftar or suhour meals. Eating in moderation and elimination of foods that can trigger gastro-oesophageal reflux are helpful. Avoid fried, fatty and acid-containing foods and fruits (citru...

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19 2020 Apr
DHA EXPLAINS HOW TO MAKE YOUR FACE MASK EFFECTIVE

DHA EXPLAINS HOW TO MAKE YOUR FACE MASK EFFECTIVE

Published:  April 13, 2020 / Kamakshi Gupta, DHA It is now mandatory for all residents to wear face masks in public Wearing a face mask when going out of the house to buy groceries or medicines, along with other important measures — such as physical distancing, hand washing frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol — are important steps to protect against COVID-19, said a top health official. Dr Hend Al Awadhi, head of health promotion and education section at DHA’s Public Health Protection Department, said, “In public places, wearing a mask reduces the spread of the virus and helps people who may have the virus and do not know it f...

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08 2020 Apr
PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS

PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS

Good hygiene and cautious travel will significantly reduce your risk of infection Published:  March 02, 2020, Kamaskhi Gupta, DHA With coronavirus spreading beyond its epicentre in China and numbers of the disease increasing globally, questions such as what distinguishes it from a common flu and what are some of the precautions that people should take become pertinent? Dr Hend Al Awadhi, Head of Health Promotion and Education Section in the DHA’s Public Health Protection Department. She highlighted that in general, maintaining hand hygiene, particularly hand washing, avoiding travel to places with a high-rate of the infection and taking certain precautions, which are the same to avoid the...

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