"I doubt you have missed the news but a new virus that infects (and has so far killed one person) has just been discovered in the last few months. The virus in question is believed to be a new - never before seen in the wild - kind of virus (a new coronavirus to be more precise), so we really have little clues as to how it behaves as not much work has been done.
Schematic of a coronavirus - this new virus probably looks a lot like this. From Biowiki.
We only have two examples of human infections with this new virus to go on but despite this, the BBC and other media outlets have sparked confusion (and maybe panic) by comparing it to the 2002 SARS coronavirus (whose case fatality rate was around 10% of those over eight thousand or so people infected), which proved to be a much more deadly affair. What they probably should have compared it to is the common cold coronavirus, known as 229E - an equally valid example.
But this misses the point, it is all speculation really at this minute in time. We should really wait for the hard facts to emerge."
What he said....