It's being compared to the largest pandemic in history, the Spanish flu of 1918, which infected a third of the world’s population. Novel Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a new strain of flu sweeping the planet, which causes severe respiratory illness. The World Health Organisation has put the global fatality rate for coronavirus as high as 3.4 percent. The outbreak started in Wuhan, China. Iran and Italy became the next big countries to see widespread infection rates. As the coronavirus spread across the globe, health officials declared it a pandemic – meaning it was expanding and could no longer be contained. What can be learned from this epidemic and how it was first handled?