People around the world are avoiding crowded places, cutting back on inessential travel and taking precautionary measures such as working from home to avoid catching the new coronavirus.
Several countries have also urged their citizens to change the way they greet one another, or celebrate certain festivities.
1. The virus outbreak is now a pandemic
A rise in the number of daily confirmed cases of the new coronavirus internationally has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare its spread a global pandemic.
This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.