Home > Medical > Infectious Diseases > Coronavirus Updated 13 March 2020 WATCH | Will a mask really protect you from coronavirus? Many people are on the hunt for surgical masks, hoping it will shield them from the coronavirus. But will those masks really protect you? 0 Many pharmacies, in various cities around the world, are running out of surgical masks. But will a surgical mask protect you from being infected with the coronavirus?Image credit: Unsplash Related articles Scientists trace coronavirus outbreak to snakes Patients who became infected with the virus were exposed to wildlife at a wholesale market where seafood, poultry, snakes, bats and farm animals were sold, researchers report. WATCH: Chinese coronavirus 'not yet' a global emergency, says WHO The new coronavirus that has emerged in China and spread to several other countries does not yet constitute an international emergency, according to to the World Health Organization. First clinical studies find coronavirus closely resembles SARS - but there are also important differences Similar to the 2003 SARS outbreak in China, most patients who came down with the Wuhan coronavirus were healthy, without any chronic underlying health issues.