The NHS have provided us with reference points regarding the evolving outbreak of respiratory illness in China, centred around Wuhan in Hubei province. No cases of this illness have been confirmed in the UK and the risk to people in this country is low. As it is winter, most respiratory illnesses in the UK and China are due to the common cold and other viruses including influenza.
Information for the general public is at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Health information is at https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/wuhan-novel-coronavirus