On Thursday, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency with more than 9,700 people infected in China and about 82 cases confirmed outside the country.
Experts believe this may be a pandemic.
The National Institute For Communicable Diseases's Prof Cheryl Cohen shares her insights on pandemics.
A pandemic is actually a new disease that comes up at really high levels and spreads throughout the world.— Prof Cheryl Cohen, Head - Centre for respiratory diseases and meningitis: National Institute for Communicable Diseases
If we look at the view that the global community is saying, their recommendation is we are working towards containment.... there is also a concern that containment may not be successful and then that potentially would give rise to a pandemic.— Prof Cheryl Cohen, Head - Centre for respiratory diseases and meningitis: National Institute for Communicable Diseases
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