The Wuhan corona virus is in Australia and at the beginning of February 2020 there was at least 6 confirmed cases. Currently there are infected people in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. And possibly in Victoria.
I don't know anyone who is infected.
The Australian (federal) government is quarantining cruise ships off the coast and is now screening people coming into the country from China. Too little too late.
The federal government is spending money on researching the virus and trying to develop a vaccine, but that will take a long time.
The Western Australian (state) government is doing nothing and has actually let infected people out of quarantine. Apparently we don't even have enough surgical masks in this state. Typical idiots in politics. Too busy thinking about getting their names in the history books and not caring about the future.
I'm prepping, stocking up on dry goods and general groceries so I can minimise the amount of time I need to spend at shopping centres if this goes bad. I'm not stocking too much but I plan on having 3 months worth of food and cleaning products, tissues, etc.
The scientists in Australia have 2 thoughts on how this will go.
1) it will go nuts and kill heaps of people.
2) it will spread but not kill heaps, and it will become an annual flu virus that travels the globe like the current flu viruses do.
The common cold and flu viruses that are currently around are also corona viruses. However, they have been around for a long time and have been spread from person to person for a long time. This new Wuhan corona virus is believed to come from animals and has only just started to jump from human to human. This makes it much more dangerous than other commonly encountered corona viruses because our bodies have no experience fighting this virus and we have no anti-bodies for it.
My personal opinion is that it will spread rapidly around the world and the only way to stop it spreading is to quarantine every country and prevent all air travel to different countries for at least 3 months. That is unlikely to happen and because of that, it will spread around the globe on people flying to different countries.
The data that is available suggests it is highly contagious but doesn't have a high kill rate compared to other new viruses that have appeared over the last 20 years. Current information suggests it has a 2-3% kill rate, which simply means out of every 100 people who catch the virus, 2-3 people will die from it. Some of the other viruses that have popped up (eg: SARS) have a 50% or higher kill rate.
The problem with the current data is it might not be accurate. China claims it has been open and transparent in relation to this, but they with-held information about it for several months before saying "we might have a problem". Apparently this virus has been affecting people in Wuhan since at least October 2019.
I think it will spread rapidly around the globe and lots of people will contract it. However, I do not think it will kill lots of people like the Spanish Influenza virus did 100 years ago.
I do have concerns about it because I have lung and heart problems and type 2 diabetes, all of which make it more likely I will die if I contract it. I had a heart attack in 2016 shortly after catching a flu virus from some sick French tourists who sneezed on me. I nearly died on the street because of that so I don't want to go thru that again.
Most healthy people should be fine.
If you go to a doctor with flu like symptoms and the doctor tries to put you on anti-biotics for the flu, find another doctor or get a second opinion. Anti-biotics will not treat a virus and doctors should not be prescribing anti-biotics for people with any sort of virus.