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With COVID-19 recovery near 97%, you should still follow the Stay At Home order

Throughout the medical world, it's widely accepted that approximately 97% of people who contract COVID-19 will recover, and 80% will only have mild symptoms. Regardless, medical experts still suggest practicing social distancing and following the Stay At Home order.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 8:50 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2020 10:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indiana grows every day, as does the death toll.

While the number is grim, of people who contract COVID-19, the vast majority will only have mild symptoms says Dr. Joshua Kline, Chief Medical Officer for Parkview Physicians Group.

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"At least 80%, or 8 out of 10 people, will be just fine with COVID-19," Kline said. "They’ll have some fairly mild symptoms and just get better."

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says the recovery rate for someone who gets COVID-19 is even higher than that.

"The recovery rate is at least 97-98%. What I want to point out about the mortality rate, again, is that (around 3%) because our testing has been limited. We’re only testing our most significantly, severely ill individuals that fall into this high-risk category," Box said.

So if the recovery rate is so high and the number of people with only mild symptoms is high, why should you practice social distancing and follow the stay at home order?

Kline explained, "Some people don’t get symptoms until four, five days after they’ve been infected and that means they could spread it to a number of people in that four to five days when they’re feeling just fine. About 97% of people get symptoms within eleven days of being exposed. So, the reality is you can spread this when you don’t have any symptoms at all."

That means your child could have played on the swingset and exposed the next child or you could have it and unknowingly spread it to your grandparents.

While we know that the elderly and patients who are sicker in the first place get sicker with this, some younger people that are perfectly healthy are getting sicker too,"

The goal is to act as if you have it and you don't want to expose someone who could fall into the 20% of people who could get really sick and be hospitalized by COVID-19.

Kline says he believes most people are listening to the Stay At Home message.

Parkview's Emergency Rooms have seen a decrease in patients and says those who are going, truly need to be there.

Regardless of if the recovery rate is high, listen to Governor Holcomb, "The more folks take measures to be safe not sorry, after the fact, the better off we’ll all better be."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9268539
Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
Shelby31521
Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery23117
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
Dearborn16421
Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33006

Reported Deaths: 2002
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin5414239
Cuyahoga4060221
Marion262323
Hamilton2492128
Lucas2152229
Pickaway204635
Mahoning1347171
Summit1277159
Butler81725
Stark69790
Columbiana65750
Lorain65358
Montgomery60915
Trumbull54045
Belmont40212
Miami35130
Warren34020
Tuscarawas3212
Portage31657
Medina30719
Delaware30213
Ashtabula28332
Lake28212
Wood27745
Geauga25829
Wayne25250
Fairfield2463
Clark2256
Licking21410
Mercer2003
Clermont1935
Allen19131
Richland1873
Erie1595
Darke15616
Madison1417
Washington11718
Crawford1063
Morrow1041
Greene945
Ottawa927
Putnam8714
Monroe7311
Sandusky7010
Hocking694
Ross662
Auglaize643
Jefferson632
Huron551
Williams521
Hancock481
Union460
Muskingum450
Clinton430
Hardin410
Shelby402
Logan370
Fayette370
Wyandot362
Fulton350
Guernsey320
Defiance322
Preble301
Lawrence280
Holmes281
Carroll282
Champaign271
Coshocton260
Brown251
Knox231
Seneca192
Highland191
Vinton191
Ashland190
Athens181
Perry181
Henry150
Scioto150
Paulding130
Jackson120
Harrison100
Adams81
Gallia71
Van Wert60
Meigs60
Pike60
Noble50
Morgan50
Unassigned00
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