As of Wednesday, January 29, the coronavirus has killed at least 138 people and infected more than 5,900.
Dr Kuchar said: “The mortality rate in previous coronavirus outbreaks was terrifyingly high but it ended with several hundred deaths around the world.”
He added: “Coronaviruses have been known for years. They trigger 10 to 20 percent of all colds.”
Between 2002 and 2003, Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-CoV) infected nearly 8,000 people around the globe.
Dr Kuchar said: “The disease had a higher mortality rate: 50 percent ended up in intensive care units and 10 percent died.”