Lebanon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency
This page covers exclusively the severe emergency case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) spread in Lebanon.
Lebanon is struggling with a spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Since February 21, 2020, we've been thoughtfully monitoring the Lebanese Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) case. For your safety, it is strictly advised to read ALL the recommendations on this page, in addition, always visit/reload it for possible new updates/emergencies and share it with others on social media.
Lebanon Total COVID-19 Cases: 1097 May 24, 2020 - 7 AM GMT
Lebanon Total COVID-19 Deaths: 26 May 24, 2020 - 7 AM GMT
Lebanon Total COVID-19 Recoveries: 667 May 24, 2020 - 5 AM GMT
Lebanon Total COVID-19 Quarantined: 6393 May 24, 2020 - 5 AM GMT
Many are reporting that some cases may have escaped without any clearance. Thus, those are not considered as recoveries.
We are in constant contact with many official authorities and in Lebanon delays are always expected. Numbers are critical and should be accurate.
NO MATTER YOUR SITUATION/CASE IS, IT IS STRICTLY REQUIRED TO TELL ANY PERSON/HEALTHCARE IF YOU ARE SUSPECTING A CORANAVIRUS DISEASE BEFORE GOING AND/OR GETTING DIRECT CONTACT WITH THEM.
The Lebanese Army and various official cooperating authorities are officially imposing a curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM (Lebanese local time) on all the Lebanese terrirories. Hense, no civilian is allowed to use the streets/roads for non-critical emergency purposes during this time. Any violation/cheat might cause severe consequences.
Starting from April 6, 2020, the Lebanese official authorities disallow and deny any Lebanese vehicles, including but not only, cars, trucks and/or motorcycles with license plates ending in 0,2,4,6 or 8 to move on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, for those with license plates ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9 are denied to move on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Furthermore, all Lebanese vehicles, no matter and whatever theirs license plates endings, are NOT permitted to move on Sundays. However, some exemptions are permitted to: the Lebanese Red Cross, healthcare (currently only nurses and doctors, NOT all healthcare and/or hospitals staffs), security forces, the Lebanese Army, diplomatic and food industry related vehicles. Please note that those official procedures are always under revision to be changed. Any violation/cheat might cause severe consequences.
Most citizens are reporting getting no salaries from more than 7 weeks. Adding that due to the non-protection of workers, the current situation in Lebanon is becoming a very "high-risk".
Many international media are contacting us about this page. Hence, we would like to inform you all that even that this page was written based on Lebanese and international researches made for Lebanon, but, most of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) recommendations also apply to any person in any country (except the current situation in Lebanon sections). In addition, we were from the few to consider all the situations/cases, since Lebanon is officially a country for more than 18 official religions and most of them have their own traditions and politically align with the West or the East (that's why, in Lebanon, wars aren't stopping). So, no matter and whatever your color, race, disability, religion, sex and/or age, you can and are welcomed to read this page, and, feel free to contact us for more clarifications/suggestions.
Many are demanding that they like to follow us via "Facebook". Thus, we re-enabled our "Facebook" page: Lebanon Info Center. You can follow us and suggest it to others.
Many persons are spreading fake and false information on the Coronavirus in Lebanon. Please, be strictly advised to follow the information/links below, and contact a professional REGISTERED doctor/healthcare provider for a personalized/emergency advice.
If you are seeking weather alerts/info, please stop contacting us with any emails provided on this page. Kindly, visit our dedicated weather pages at: Lebanon Weather Forecast.
General Info 1:
Have a question/recommendation on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Send us an email with your question/recommendation to the email "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email might be changed, please always revisit this page to update your preferences) and we will try to respond to your question. Please note that we are currently receiving a very high number of emails, so we cannot always guarentee a response. Thus, in order to reply to all, please only send a question/information that you think it is very important for your community.
General Info 2:
Are you a student or a professional and like contributing/helping others or know someone that can? We are currently accepting volunteering applications in order to respond and contribute to our website contents. In addition, we are in urgent need of medicine/media field volunteers to help us updating the contents and respond to the important emails/questions on Coronavirus. We won't overwhelm you and we promise to give you very small tasks that you choose if you want or not. All contributors/volunteers names will be mentioned at the end of this emergency situation. Please send us your CV and proposed volunteering to the email "email@example.com" (this email might be changed, please always revisit this page to update your preferences).
On this page:
It is strictly mandatory to read all the information/links below concerning the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):
- Lebanon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Healthcare/Hospitals Emergency Numbers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and Testing Need
- If You Suspect and/or You are Sick with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Prepare and Protect Yourself and Others from the COVID-19
- Lebanon Latest Coronavirus Emergency Situation and Procedures
Lebanon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Healthcare/Hospitals Emergency Numbers:
Currently many hospitals/healthcare providers in Lebanon are preparing/prepared to accept Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases (please, always revisit this page for possible updates. If you are a prepared doctor/hospital/heathcare provider, you can contact us to add you to the list below). However, availability and places are limited and there is as high risk that you transfer the disease, please, contact any doctor/hospital/healthcare provider and tell them about your Coronavirus case by phone/internet before going directly to them. They are the following:
- Rafik Hariri University Hospital - Public Hospital - Address: Bir Hasan, Jnah, Beirut, Lebanon - Phone: 00 961 1 830 000.
- Hotel Dieu de France - Private Hospital - Address: Alfred Naccache Boulevard, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon - Phone: 00 961 1 604 000.
- LAU Medical Center - Rizk Hospital (LAUMC-RH) - Private Hospital - Address: Zahar Street, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon - Phone: 00 961 1 200 800.
- American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) - Private Hospital - Address: Cairo Street, Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon - Phone: 00 961 1 350 000.
- Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Notre Dame des Secours - Private Hospital - Address: Saint Charbel Road, Byblos (Jbeil), Mount Lebanon, Lebanon - Phone: 00 961 9 940 400.
To report a Coronavirus (COVID-19) case call 1214 (inside Lebanon) or 00 961 76 592 699.
To contact the Lebanese Red Cross call 140 (inside Lebanon), AND please tell them, during the phone/call, that you have/suspect a Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
For more general Lebanese emergency numbers, please visit Lebanon Emergency Numbers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and Testing Need:
Currently, in Lebanon, most identified symptoms usually and/or may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms may include fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue.
According to many researches, about 80 percent of people, mainly aged less than 50 years old, recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
If your symptoms became severe or concerning, get medical attention immediately. Severe warning symptoms may include, but not only:
- New severe confusions and/or inability to sens.
- Bluish face/lips.
- Shortness of breath and/or persistent high pressure/pain in the chest.
If You Suspect and/or You are Sick with Coronavirus (COVID-19):
- NO MATTER YOUR SITUATION/CASE IS, IT IS STRICTLY REQUIRED TO TELL ANY PERSON/HEALTHCARE THAT YOU ARE SUSPECTING A CORANAVIRUS DISEASE BEFORE GOING AND/OR GETTING DIRECT CONTACT WITH THEM.
- If you have serious severe illness and symptoms such as the ones listed in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and Testing Need section, or your age is over 50 years old, or the developed symptoms were nearly 14 days of a direct contact with a confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) case, call immediately your relatives, doctor, hospital and/or healthcare provider for urgent medical assistance. Your case could be urgent, so avoid waisting time as possible.
- If you are less than 50 years old and you are mildly ill, but still suspecting COVID-19, mostly you might be able to recover at home. However, it is strictly advised to keep in touch with your medical care assistant, then they will tell you if you should take a test. Stay at home and do not visit public areas.
- DON'T take any Anti-Inflammatory (such as ibuprofen, cortisone, etc.), since they will mostly aggravate and deteriorate your Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation. In case of fever, only take paracetamol. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory, contact your medical care assistant as soon as possible.
- Don't get direct contacts with pets and animals. Even that, currently, it is not proven that animals can be sick with COVID-19, but strictly avoid those contacts until further researches results.
- Monitor thoughtfully your case and symptoms. If you feel that your situation is getting severely worse, contact your doctor/healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Prepare and Protect Yourself and Others from the COVID-19:
The below conditions are strictly required in the situation when you are sick and/or in a risk country/area:
- Avoid using public transportation, taxis or even sharing cars/rides.
- Stay at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care, or necessary food and nutrition.
- Avoid buying ready-made and fast food. Cook/prepare your food at home, after effectively cleaning it's surfaces. In addition, avoid eating uncooked meals: some researches found that a temperature of around 70 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes can somehow kill the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Avoid cinemas, restaurants and mass public condensed areas.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water for AT LEAST 30 seconds. Avoid using sanitizers and alcohol, since they might not contain the minimum required alcohol concentration. Adding that alcohol concentration should be around 70 percent, but unfortunately in Lebanon, many tend to cheat. By consequence, Soap and Water are your best option, but, be sure to somehow use a "real" made soap.
- Wear a facemask when you are outside your home or with people suspected having the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and always change the mask (depending on the mask type). However, most sold facemasks in Lebanon, like the "surgical masks", will limit but not eliminate the chance of inhaling large, infectious particles circulating near the face. Hence, the mask might not protect you completely (depending on the mask type).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a new clean tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw this tissue in a specialized trash can, as soon as possible.
- Avoid kissing and handshaking.
- Avoid sharing items, especially personal ones, but not limited to: beds, bottles and dishes.
- Always clean and disinfect most-touched surfaces, including, but not only, tables and bathroom/toilets.
- Always try to keep a safe distance, of at least 3 meters, from other people.
- Avoid using gloves, since they might increase your chance getting the disease.
- Don't over-stress yourself, rest and always stay hydrated.
- Don't rely on body-heat testing tools, since fever isn't always a persistent Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) symptom.
Lebanon Latest Coronavirus Emergency Situation and Procedures:
Lebanon is currently struggling with a rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools and Universities were ordered to close, from nearly the first week of March 2020, however, most students, kids and parents enjoyed this closure to go to cinemas, restaurants and many highly condensed public resorts. In addition, visitors from highly infected countries weren't seriously taken into consideration. Thus, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was officially acknowledged to be widespread from nearly the end of the first week of March 2020.
Nevertheless, in mid-March 2020, "Medical Emergency" was very lately declared, hence shops, resorts, cinemas, restaurants and international routes were "somehow" ordered to close, exceptions and time-based limits were made to bakeries and supermarkets. However, most employees were forced by their employers to continue working in high-risk areas, even after the medical emergency was declared. Thus, since mid-March 2020, many hundreds of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases appeared and, unfortunately, weren't reported to avoid hospitals bills and job loses.
Since Sunday March 22, 2020, the Lebanese Army went to streets and by helicopters demanding from everyone to evacuate the roads and to stay at home. Please, do not leave your home, Except to get medical care, or necessary food and nutrition. Any violation/cheat might cause you severe consequences.
Many international routes and Embassies may be closed, so please, if you are a Lebanese or a foreigner, contact your selected country's local authorities before buying a travel ticket and/or taking the risk to go to it's closed embassy. Avoid taxis and public transportation as possible. In addition, always listen to trusted official sources and avoid fake protections procedures, since many of them are commercial and may harm you more.
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