The World Health Organisation has issued the following advice for those who could be in contact with infected people or in an area hit by the virus.
Maintain social distancing
Keep at least one metre (3ft) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes, they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
Wash hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty. This eliminates the virus if it is on your hands.
Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.
Seek medical care early
Tell your healthcare provider if you have travelled in an area in China where Covid-19 has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms.
Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, Covid-19 could be one of them.
Take hygiene measures when visiting animal markets
Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (eg, stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats).
Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked meat
Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods.
Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?
People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.
How effective are thermal scanners in detecting infections?
Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever because of infection with the new coronavirus. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between two and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
Can pets spread the virus?
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.
The World Health Organisation advises passengers using a mask to make sure they cover the nose and mouth. Avoid touching the mask once it's on.
Discard each single-use mask after use and wash hands afterwards.