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We're still learning more about the Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid-19. Many of you at home may be asking yourself these questions: What is this virus? How does it spread? Should I be worried? Here's what we learned.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 6:43 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2020 3:16 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- We're still learning more about the Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid-19.

According to the CDC's website, there are 12 confirmed travel-related cases and two confirmed person-to-person cases in the United States.

Coronavirus

Many of you at home may be asking yourself these questions: What is this virus? How does it spread? Should I be worried? Here's what we learned.

Doctors believe the virus originated from bats and it's to be considered a respiratory illness that started in Wuhan, China.

It spreads by contact, which means you can contract it by being about 6 feet from someone else.

You can become infected through droplets, such as coughs and sneezes.

You may also be asking yourself: If I ordered something online from China can I get the virus? The answer is that it's highly unlikely.

According to the CDC, with air temperatures and exposure, its chances of spreading through objects like packages are low.

WTHI spoke with Dr. Bolinger, the Chief Medical Officer at Union Hospital to get a better understanding of the virus.

"The reality is we don't want people to panic about it because your chances of contracting it are very low at this point in the United States and chances of contracting the flu and being sick from that is a lot higher and remember the flu can be a deadly disease too," Bolinger said.

February is still considered peak season for the flu and hospital like Union, are still under flu-restrictions.

Bolinger tells us it's important to keep an eye on the Coronavirus, however, in the meantime, it's more beneficial to get vaccinated.

"Things we know or we can prevent or we can treat we want to do that instead of worrying about a virus half a world away. We've only seen 15 cases of in the United States that we know of at this point."

For the latest update of the virus, click here.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 119066

Reported Deaths: 3612
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21563768
Lake10745324
Elkhart6734112
St. Joseph6679115
Allen6364205
Hamilton4965109
Vanderburgh384231
Hendricks2779124
Monroe267137
Tippecanoe259013
Johnson2362125
Clark226757
Porter222447
Delaware201162
Cass19589
Vigo187928
Madison171475
LaPorte151941
Warrick140743
Floyd140464
Howard133964
Kosciusko127117
Bartholomew119357
Marshall102124
Dubois100919
Boone99746
Grant96636
Hancock94843
Noble92932
Henry82226
Jackson77610
Wayne77314
Morgan73940
Shelby68329
Daviess68129
Dearborn67928
LaGrange64711
Clinton63414
Harrison59824
Putnam59011
Gibson5455
Knox5379
Lawrence51829
Montgomery51321
DeKalb49111
White48814
Decatur46139
Miami4394
Greene42936
Fayette42314
Jasper4032
Steuben3977
Scott39311
Posey3541
Sullivan33812
Jennings31712
Franklin31525
Clay3105
Ripley3108
Orange28724
Whitley2876
Carroll28013
Adams2773
Wabash2758
Starke2737
Washington2702
Wells2694
Spencer2683
Jefferson2523
Huntington2503
Fulton2462
Tipton22922
Randolph2238
Perry22213
Jay1920
Newton17411
Owen1711
Martin1690
Pike1691
Rush1584
Vermillion1320
Fountain1302
Blackford1223
Pulaski1141
Crawford1100
Parke1072
Brown1033
Benton860
Ohio797
Union790
Switzerland690
Warren411
Unassigned0227

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 152907

Reported Deaths: 4783
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin27283615
Cuyahoga17603657
Hamilton13340321
Montgomery7993166
Lucas7377364
Butler6151112
Summit5393252
Warren313649
Mahoning3114282
Marion311447
Stark2946175
Pickaway268445
Lorain234286
Delaware232821
Fairfield214654
Licking196063
Columbiana195180
Wood194273
Trumbull1921132
Clark185341
Clermont176123
Lake166051
Greene153634
Medina149339
Miami147652
Allen147372
Portage117766
Mercer113919
Erie96047
Tuscarawas94320
Wayne94268
Richland94119
Ross90426
Madison85512
Darke81144
Athens7402
Geauga73349
Hancock73110
Belmont72427
Lawrence68622
Shelby66910
Ashtabula66248
Auglaize62511
Putnam62523
Sandusky58720
Huron5727
Union5512
Scioto5287
Seneca49514
Ottawa47230
Muskingum4553
Preble44716
Holmes3999
Jefferson3424
Henry33715
Defiance33212
Champaign3143
Logan3143
Clinton30512
Perry3039
Fulton2991
Brown2923
Knox28915
Jackson2667
Washington26323
Morrow2622
Hardin25713
Ashland2484
Crawford2486
Coshocton23511
Fayette2346
Highland2313
Williams2163
Wyandot21512
Pike2040
Gallia19713
Meigs17711
Guernsey1748
Hocking1679
Carroll1527
Adams1374
Van Wert1283
Paulding1130
Monroe11018
Harrison643
Morgan500
Vinton483
Noble350
Unassigned00
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