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."