What’s the Incubation Period for Coronavirus?

What’s the Incubation Period for Coronavirus?

We curated this story from WebMD to share info about the incubation period for COVID-19.

If you’ve been around someone who has the new coronavirus, also called COVID-19, you’re at risk, too. That means you need to isolate yourself, or stay away from other people until you know you’re in the clear. Health professionals call this self-quarantine. But when will you know if you have disease or not? The answer depends on the disease’s incubation period.

The incubation period is the number of days before you might see symptoms. Health care professionals and government officials use this number to decide how many days of quarantine are necessary. It’s different for every condition.

To learn the incubation period for the coronavirus, researchers studied dozens of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Jan. 4 and Feb. 24, 2020. These cases included only people who knew they’d been around someone who was already sick.

On average, symptoms showed up in the newly infected person about 5 days after contact. Rarely, symptoms appeared as soon as 2 days after exposure. Most people with symptoms had them by day 12. And most of the remaining people who got sick were sick by day 14. In rare cases, symptoms can show up after 14 days. Researchers think this happens with about one out of every 100 people…

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