What you need to know about the coronivirus outbreak.
Infectious diseases expert Professor Stephen Fauci says the spread of the virus is likely to continue in the coming weeks and months, with coronaviruses spreading faster than the number of new cases.
“It is very difficult to say at the moment that we are seeing a steady rise in the number, but certainly we are definitely seeing a higher number of cases than usual in a short period of time,” he said.
“And the trend we are now seeing is the highest rate of infections in the past couple of weeks, with many more infections in that period than usual.”
He said it was not clear whether the increased number of coronaviral infections would be due to better surveillance, or more people taking the first steps in catching the virus.
Fauci said there was a risk of further spread in remote communities, and that this risk would continue to increase if more people continued to leave their homes.
“We are in a position where we will see more people in remote areas, people will be coming to remote areas and it’s a very good thing,” he told 7.30.
Professor Faucci said the most likely scenario was that the virus would spread to more people than usual and then gradually fade over the coming months.
He told 7:00pm on Wednesday, coronavids had not yet reached Australia.
What to do if you’re sick: If you or someone you know is sick and has not recovered, call your GP.
If you think you may be exposed, go to the nearest health facility.