The key immediate questions around this new coronavirus are: 

How severe is the disease?

-          What are the optimum treatment and care options? 

How quickly is it spreading?

-          What can be done to prevent transmission? 

How accurate are the diagnostic tools?

-          Is there a validated PCR assay? 

What do we already know? 

Our existing knowledge largely comes from the research that occurred during and after the MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV outbreaks. These are very similar betacorona viruses and so the evidence from understanding these outbreaks is the best information available for guiding treatment, preventions and diagnostics. 

The following resources are available:


European response to outbreak with novel Coronavirus in China

Genome Detective (tweeted by PREPARE)



Discovery of a novel coronavirus associated with the recent pneumonia outbreak in humans and its potential bat origin


Rapid detection and monitoring of human coronavirus infections