With cold weather now in full swing, the Coronovirus has officially been declared a global threat, but for many Americans it could prove to be a bit of a shock.
On Monday, the first U.S. residents to test negative for the coronavirus were found to be two former employees at an Arizona meatpacking plant.
They worked at the plant in Maricopa County, about 20 miles from Phoenix.
The two are among an estimated 500,000 people in the United States who have tested positive for the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of Americans who have been diagnosed with the virus is up to 4.5 million, with another 30 million who tested negative.
“The world has never seen such a rapid rate of coronaviral disease,” said Dr. John W. Smith, a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
The virus is spreading slowly in the U.K. where a few cases have been confirmed in London, but it is expected to make a quick recovery in the European capital and spread around the globe.
The coronaviruses virus is highly contagious, so people should take precautions against touching their nose, eyes and mouth to protect against getting the virus and spread the virus around.