In light of the unprecedented health emergency we are facing, SustainableOman is looking at the way we support our members and the wider environment and sustainability community with the latest guidance and information available.
With a landscape that seems to be shifting on an almost daily basis its often difficult to keep on top of the latest government guidance, along with specific information to help you, your staff or your business adapt and it's easy to feel overwhelmed, so we have built these pages to help us all when adapting to life with, and after, coronavirus.
We believe that together we can support one another by sharing resources and advice. This resource hub will be constantly updated to keep the information as current and useful as possible, however if you can highlight any publicly available links or resources that we have not included that you think will benefit our community, please let us know here.
What is COVID19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) met and determined that the outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
On 11 March 2020, the WHO assessed that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.