The Western Hemisphere is largely unaffected, but not less vulnerable.
Johns Hopkins University medical schools have combined research data and produced a graphic summary of the status of a new virus. The progressive spread of this virus is being studied by public health institutions all over the world.
As best we know, the virus first spread to communities in Communist China. But that nation is very guarded and secretive about how it existed prior to this outbreak.
Italy & Iran are the next two nations most impacted by the virus. Most conventional wisdom attributes air travel among the nations as the primary mode of the virus's spread so quickly.
But one man in the Pacific northwest of the USA contracted the virus without any detectable contact with anyone who has shown symptoms? That man did not travel, nor did anyone else in his social circles report any symptoms.
The virus does not seem to especially hit any genetic subset of humanity. All ethnicities are so far seen as equally capable of contracting the virus.
And no, the Mexican Beer brand is not in any way connected with the virus, nor a preventative treatment to avoid the illness.
Communist China now has over 40,000 inoculated survivors.
About 2 in every 100 sufferers has died, so far. And yes, those with fragile health conditions are especially among the death toll.
The United States has seen 2 deaths within our national borders. Both were older and one was already dealing with long tern health complications and about 73 years old.
Communist China (mainland China, not Taiwan) has over 40,000 certified cases now fully recovered and returned to normal physical health (if we can trust their data).
Those who come down with the illness will have to expect at least a couple weeks of struggles.
It's possible that many more humans have been exposed, but the virus never took hold and ravaged their bodies. That's an area where health authorities will especially want to study, because it may reveal secrets about what personal health strategies are effective. Conversely, some humans may have been even more susceptible, do to any number of environmental and/or personal health decisions. But this is just theoretical at this point. We just don't know many important details
The Most Powerful Vaccine
Health officials continue to stress handwashing as a cornerstone to combating infections of all sorts. Bacterial & viral infections which hit the respiratory system are best contained by the patient wearing a surgical mask. The healthy person should not wear a mask, as it can create a breeding environment for disease.