COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ohio currently, Dr. Amy Acton M.D., M.P.H. with the Ohio Department of Health says there will be eventually.
"As we are seeing the spread around the world, we know eventually we will see cases here," Dr. Acton said.
She tells ABC 6/FOX 28 there is no way to specifically predict it, but it will act like flu season.
We don't know exactly where it will be. It may be a school or in a hospital, but it will look so much like the flu. There will be people who get this and never know they have it, just like the flu.
The state dept. of health is warning businesses and employers now. When it does come, allow more time off for workers. She said staying home and good hygiene can help prevent the spread.
She also urges the public to get the flu shot now if you haven't already to prevent hospitals from filling up with flu patients if coronavirus becomes the main concern.
"If you know someone who is sick, help them," Dr. Acton said. "This is not something to be afraid of. You can still leave food at the door."
She said the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are most at risk. Others will be able to fight the virus.
Doctors are currently working on a vaccine for the coronavirus. They say it could take up to a year or more.