Coronavirus is an umbrella name for a collective of similar viruses and the one doing the rounds currently is just another strain. Some of these viruses have been circulating for over a year especially in Saudi Arabia and Iran. It all depends on the individual and how their immune system and respiratory system reacts. If you are in pretty reasonable to good health you could go through this and not even know apart from the same symptoms as the seasonal flu. However if you have bronchitis, COPD, lung cancer, immune problems it could wreak havoc on you. Vulnerable people should stay away from crowds, city centres, and avoid shaking hands for the next few months. The virus does enjoy the freezing cold which might explain Scotland's current luck.
There may be big issues ahead for the US. They can really thank Trump for dismantling the global health division of the CDC. Sadly for Trump, disease usually beats the fake news narrative and this could have an important impact on his presidency. They didn’t have test kits, then they issued faulty test kits. Because they only have the National capacity to carry out 400 tests a day and they’re expensive they were only testing people who met the expected criteria (travel to China etc) unless they were seriously sick so by now it’s likely all over the place. There were travel restrictions in from about the start of February but they didn’t apply to citizens and curiously the virus doesn’t recognize citizenship. It was pretty much always going to spread in the USA but they’ve run an absolute clown show preparing for it. When it does take off it’s going to be tragic, they’ll be asking people with no sick pay to stay home and self quarantine, they’ll be asking people with no insurance to go to a doctor, hell the test is $3000 a pop. It should take off like a bullet, it’s the perfect conditions for it.
That should be the virus does not enjoy freezing cold (couldn't get the edit function to work)