Coronavirus Q&A: Dr Siouxsie Wiles answers common COVID-19 questions

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the globe, with more than 97,000 people infected and over 3300 recorded deaths since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China - largely considered the epicentre of the virus. 

On Thursday, the fourth case of COVID-19 was confirmed in New Zealand. It may be a small issue for us now - but it could grow a lot bigger if people don't get their facts straight.

That's why Newshub wanted to get the answers to a number of common questions from an expert in the field. 

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and associate professor of medical science at the University of Auckland. Her research interests include infectious diseases, infection models and pathogen transmission.

She gave Newshub the answers to a number of our readers' burning questions, addressing mask effectiveness, transmission, protection and common myths.

Watch the interview above.