Well they weren't wrong. I can't go into detail on here, but the virus was absolutely present in Scotland in January and February. December now being looked at.
Wor Lass reckons she had it in late Feb. She spent a few nights coughing her guts up; a dry cough and felt so unwell that she couldn't run (she has to be almost terminal not to run; she runs ultramarathons that are quite extreme even by ultra marathon standards). It was a fortnight before she was fully right.
The coughing was the worst part; highly annoying when I was trying to get to sleep.
I probably had it too, but I'm a winter-t-shirt-wearing-Geordie, so never really noticed.