Objectives: The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, China is currently recognized as a public health emergency of global concern.
Methods: We reviewed the currently available literature to provide up-to-date guidance on control measures to be implemented by public health authorities.
Results: Some of the epidemiological characteristics of 2019-nCoV have been identified. However, there remain considerable uncertainties, which should be considered when providing guidance to public health authorities on control measures.
Conclusions: Additional studies incorporating more detailed information from confirmed cases would be valuable.
Keywords: Characteristics; Coronavirus; Epidemiology; Public health.