Yes, some coronaviruses can be transmitted from person to person, usually after close contact
with an infected patient, for example, in a household workplace, or health care centre.
Can humans become infected with a novel coronavirus of animal source?
Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans in
China in 2002 and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. As
surveillance improves around the world, more coronaviruses are likely to be identified.