More than 2.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus and around 700,000 people are now in hospital.
The virus has infected a total of 9.6m people worldwide.
Many of the people infected are young, vulnerable or poor, with the vast majority in Asia and the Pacific.
As a result, people in these regions have been living in an “emergency zone” which means they are not contagious.
“The virus has not been on the global scene for many, many years,” said Dr Stephen Lacey, a lecturer at the Australian National University.
“It is not a common phenomenon for a virus to spread through a small group of people in a small area.”
So how contagious are the viruses?
In many cases, viruses can only be spread through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine and feces.
The majority of cases have been seen in the UK, but experts say the virus has been transmitted to other countries as well.
How to stay safe with the virus in Australia Dr Lacey said the virus was unlikely to be infectious in Australia, with only a small proportion of people being infected by it.
“We don’t have a high rate of virus infection in Australia but if we do have outbreaks we are usually in areas that are very well-managed and have good hygiene,” Dr Lacy said.
“So we are not in a position where the majority of the population are being exposed.”
However, the country is not immune to the virus either, with up to 2,000 cases reported in the past year alone.
So while Australia is not as well-equipped to deal with the spread of the virus as the rest of the world, the virus does not have to be an “everyday threat”.
Dr Lacon said while people should be cautious when travelling abroad, people should always be wearing a mask and not touching the face.
“What is going to be more concerning is that when you’re in a situation like that, you may not be able to isolate yourself,” he said.