Home > Medical > Infectious Diseases > Infectious disease news Updated 29 January 2020 WATCH | The new coronavirus: how it's transmitted Watch this videographic showing how the new coronavirus can be transmitted. 0 The World Health Organization on Monday said the global risk from the deadly virus in China was "high", admitting an error in its previous reports that said it was "moderate".Image credit: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Related articles 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? 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. 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.