What is the new coronavirus outbreak?

This outbreak is due to a novel – or new - Coronavirus called 2019-nCoV which was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in the last few months. This is the first time we have seen this particular virus infect humans. Because it’s new, scientists around the world are quickly trying to understand it and determine how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people, and what we can do to best protect ourselves.